Some Huguenot surnames are "Du Pont," "Rivoire," "Broucard," "Jourdain" and "Lavigne." Oher Huguenot surnames include "Amis," "Battaile," "Muse," "Noyes" and "Perrin." The Huguenots were French Protestants. From the early 1500s to 1787, the Huguenots left France for other European countries and the American colonies to escape religious persecution.
The Huguenots who arrived in the American colonies settled along the east coast, primarily in the colonies of New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Massachusetts. Many Americans are descendants of the original settlers and in some cases, the surnames have become Americanized. For example, Apollo Rivoire was the father of Paul Revere.