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What are some common Huguenot family names?

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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.

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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.

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