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Re: LeBeauf (originally LeBeouf/LeBoeuf)
Posted by: Kye LeBoeuf (ID *****4482) Date: December 09, 2007 at 15:03:06
In Reply to: LeBeauf (originally LeBeouf/LeBoeuf) by Jada Bennett of 428

Hi Jada,

I don't know any info. about your specific LeBoeuf family line, but I have seen many different spellings while researching my family lineage. Spellings often changed due to a handful of reasons. Historically, the first spelling from the 1100s in Northwest France was written as LeBoeuf. It was written as LeBoeuf and LeBeuf in accounts from the 1500s-1600s in Both France and Canada. As those of varying ethnicities arrived to La. from the European and African continents, their names were often written phonetically by priests and scribes who were most often either Spanish or French. Other times, spellings changed when local pronunciations changed and/or when our La. ancestors became more anglophone than francophone. The meanings stayed the same (in our case, "beef" or "steer"), but spelling changes stuck over the years.

I hope that adds some insight

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