Breton Americans

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Breton Americans
Américains Bretons
Amerikanoù Brezhonek
Total population
American English · French · Breton
Predominantly Roman Catholicism, Protestantism
Related ethnic groups
Cornish Americans · English Americans · Welsh Americans  · Irish Americans · Manx Americans · Scottish Americans · Scotch-Irish Americans · other Celtic Americans · French Americans

Breton Americans are Americans of Breton descent from Brittany. An estimated 100,000 Bretons emigrated from Brittany to the United States between 1880 and 1980.[2]


A large wave of Breton immigrants arrived in the New York City area during the 1950s and 1960s.[3] Many settled in the East Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens.[3] However, more than 10,000 Bretons [1] left their native land to emigrate to New York. They integrated very easily because their heritage is similar to that of the Irish but are still very attached to their homeland.

There is also a Breton soccer team in Queens.

Notable people[edit]

  • John James Audubon
  • Celine Dion
  • René Galand
  • Charles Guillou
  • Youenn Gwernig
  • Paol Keineg
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Yann LeCun
  • Jackie Stallone
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Tina Weymouth
  • See also[edit]


    1. ^ "Table 1. First, Second, and Total Responses to the Ancestry Question by Detailed Ancestry Code: 2000" (XLS). U.S. Census Bureau. January 22, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
    2. ^ Rey-Lefebvre, Isabelle (2022-06-21). "La success story méconnue des Bretons d'Amérique". Le Monde. Archived from the original on 2022-06-21. Retrieved 2022-08-10.
    3. ^ a b Flint Marx, Rebecca (April 5, 2012). "Filling a Hole on the Block, With Cream". The New York Times. Retrieved July 4, 2015.

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