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French Polynesian Americans

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French Polynesian Americans
Tahitian-Hawaiian girl, 1909
Total population
(2010 estimate)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Hawaii and California[2]
French, Tahitian, American English
Related ethnic groups
French people  · other American groups of Polynesian origin (Maori, Native Hawaiians, Samoan, Tongan)

French Polynesian American are Americans with French Polynesian ancestry. The number of French Polynesian Americans is unknown. According to the 2010 US census, there were 5,062 people whose origins are in Tahiti, but other origins of the French Polynesia were not mentioned. While others 9,153 people asserted be of Polynesian origins, but they indicated no specific origin.[1]


Tahitian-Hawaiian boy, 1909

Between 1800s and 1860s, Pacific Islander sailors arrived in the United States. Some of them were Tahitians, who settled in Massachusetts and later California. In 1889, the first Polynesian Mormon colony was founded in Utah and consisted of Tahitians, Native Hawaiians, Samoans, and Māori people.[3]

During the 20th century, the annual number of French Polynesians who moved to the US was small but with certain growth between the 1950 and 70s. So, while in 1954 just three French Polynesians arrived in the United States, in 1956 entry of 14 French Polynesian immigrants it was recorded and in 1965 were admitted other 49 people of same origin.

However, since the 1970s, the number of French Polynesians admitted each year has been more varied: in 1975, 47 French Polynesians were admitted, increasing to 59 admitted in 1984, then decreasing to 19 in 1986. For its part, in 1991 it was registered that 31 French Polynesians emigrated to US with legal status in this year and, in 1997, other 21 French Polynesians obtained admission to live in the US.[4]

Culture and Demography[edit]

Tahitian Americans celebrate the French Polynesian celebration of Bastille Day on July 14. This date is known as France's independence day in French-speaking countries.[4]

Half of Tahitian Americans reside in the state of Hawaii. Hawaii's population is 0.2% Tahitian.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Total ancestry´s categories tallied for people with one or more ancestry categories reported in 2010 American Community Survey Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife. p. 951.
  3. ^ Brij V. Lal; Kate Fortune (2000). The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia, Volumen 1. University of Hawaiʻi Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-2265-1. Page 116.
  4. ^ a b Swain, Liz (2010). "Everyculture. A Countries and Their Cultures: Pacific Islander Americans". Retrieved July 3, 2015.