French (Acadian) Submitted Surnames

These names are a subset of French names used more often in the province of New Brunswick in Canada. See also about French names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ARSENAULT French (Acadian)
From French arsenal meaning "workshop". This is the occupational surname for someone who worked at an arsenal.
COMEAU French, French (Acadian), Louisiana Creole
French: from a Gascon diminutive of Combe.
COMEAUX French (Acadian), French Creole
Variant spelling of French Comeau.
DEMERCHANT French (Acadian)
A name meaning "the merchant", though the spelling indicates dutch origins.
LAVIOLETTE French, French (Quebec), French (Acadian)
A secondary surname, associated with some forty family names in Canada and also used independently since 1698, a nickname from the flower violette ‘violet’, with the definite article la. In feudal France it was a name given to soldiers and domestic servants.
PLIMSOLL French (Acadian)
I don't know the meaning, but it is my maiden name, and I understand it to be French. Samuel Plimsoll is my ancestor. He was born in Bristol, UK. He was an MP who spoke up in parliament and subsequently the Plimsoll or loading line was introduced on ships... [more]
RIVIERE French, French (Quebec), French (Acadian)
Possibly from the French word meaning "river"
YATTEAU French (Acadian)
I was always told it was French