The National Huguenot Society publishes a list of qualified Huguenot ancestors which includes common surnames such as Angevin, Beauford/Burford, Bernard and Robert. Since Huguenots originated in France in the early years of the 16th century, most Huguenot family names are French.
Huguenots were French Protestants who sought reform in the Catholic church during the Early Modern period. The Reform movement in France attracted well-to-do and powerful people of the time, lending it respectability and credibility as a movement, according to the Huguenot Society of America. Since approximately 90 percent of France was Catholic at that time, they were heavily persecuted by the Catholic church, leading to a massacre in 1572 in which thousands died.