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Lagniappe: Louisiana Surnames


So, you've become thoroughly confused because your neighbor spells his name Roger Roger; but pronounces it Roger Rojay. And the guy down the street, Richard Richard, is really Richard Reeshard.


These are just a few of the tongue-tangling surnames for a newcomer to South Louisiana. Here is a list of some of the most common South Louisiana names that may give trouble to a newcomer, along with a guide to their usual pronunciation.


ANGELLE (An jell)
ARCENEAUX (Are se no)
ARDOIN (Ard whan)
AUCOIN (Oak whan)
BABIN (Bah ban)
BABINEAUX (Bah bin no)
BATISTE (Bah teest)
BILLEAUD (Bee yo)
BOUDREAUX (Boo dro)
BOUILLION (Boo yawn)
BOURGEOIS (Bourj wah)
BOURQUE (Bourk)
BRASSEAUX (Brass sew)
BREAUX (Bro)
BROUSSARD (Brew sard)
CHAISSON (Sha sawn)
COMEAUX (Como)
DAIGLE (Day gull)
DAIGRE (Daig)
DELCAMBRE (Del come)
DEROUEN (Der wen)
DOMENGEAU (Dome ange oh)
DOMINGUE (Doh mang)
DUGAS (Dew gah)
DUHON (Dew hawn or Doo yawn)
DUPRE (Dew pray)
FONTENOT (Font no)
GAUDET (Go day)
GAUTHIER (Go chee ya)
GAUTREAUX (Go trow)
GUIDRY (Gid ree)
GUILBEAUX (Gill bow)
GUILLIOT (Ghi yacht)
HEBERT (Eh bear)
ISTRE (East)
LAGNEAUX (Lan yo)
LANGLINAIS (Long luh nay)
LATIOLAIS (Latch o lay)
LeBLANC (Luh blaw)
LeBLEU (Luh blue)
LeBOEUF (Luh buff)
LeDOUX (Luh doo)
LEGER (Lay jay)
LEJEUNE (Luh jern)
LOUVIERE (Loo vee yay)
MARAIST (Mah ray)
MEAUX (Moe)
MECHE (Mesh)
MELANCON (Mel awn sawn)
MENARD (May nard)
MESTAYER (Met tay yea)
MIGUES (Me gues)
MIRE (Meer)
MOUTON (Moo tawn)
OLIVIER (Oh leave ee yay)
OUBRE (Oub)
PATIN (Pa tan)
PELLERIN (Pel er ran)
PICARD (Pea card)
PITRE (Pete)
POCHE (Poh shay)
PREJEAN (Pray john)
PRUDHOMME (Prude ohm)
REAUX (Ray oh)
RICHARD (Ree shard)
ROBICHEAUX (Ro bee show)
ROBIN (Row ban)
ROGER (Row jay)
SIBILLE (Suh beel)
SIMON (See mown)
SITTIG (Suh teeg)
SOILEAU (Swallow)
SONNIER (Sawn nee yay)
SUIRE (Sweer)
THERIOT (Ter ree oh)
THIBODEAUX (Tib o dough)
TOUCHET (Two shet)
TRAHAN (Trah hawn)
VEILLON (Vay yawn)
VEROT (Ver oh)
VIATOR (Vee a tore)
VIDRINE (Vee dreen)
VINCENT (Vah sont)