Cajun First Names

By Kristen Moutria
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The Cajun culture is rich, colorful and vibrant. According to Shane K. Bernard, historian and author of "Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: A Young Reader's History," the Cajuns represent a group of people whose ancestors came to Louisiana from Acadia, which is now the maritime provinces of Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. They are fun-loving and often devoutly religious. The modern-day Acadians enjoy community festivals, dancing and flavorful foods that people all over the United States love to eat. Endowing your child with a Cajun name is a good option because they are as beautiful and unusual as the culture itself.


The girl's name Adelaide is pronounced "AD-eh-laid." According to the Name Berry website, it became famous because of the German princess who married King William IV in 1830 and then became known as "Good Queen Adelaide." There was also an empress of the Holy Roman Empire named St. Adelaide, who was described as "a marvel of beauty and goodness." The name means "noble," and "Addy" is a common nickname for girls given this name.


The boy's name Amos is pronounced "AY-muhss." He was an eighth century B.C. prophet who has sayings recorded in the Bible, and his name became popular among the Puritans, according to Name Berry. Furthermore, a character with this name is in a book written by George Eliot called "Scenes of Clerical Life," and as a well-known Israeli author named Amos Oz. The name means "carried by God."


The girl's name Beatrice can be pronounced many ways, but "BEE-uh-triss" is the most popular. It has been used in many pieces of literature, and is considered a classic name. It was the name of Queen Victoria's youngest child, and was the name given to the woman idealized as the embodiment of the spirit of love in Dante's poem, "The Divine Comedy." Shakespeare also uses this name for one of his characters in his story, "Much Ado About Nothing." The name means "blessed" or "she who brings happiness."


The name Philippe is pronounced "fill-EEP." New Orleans was named after Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, or Duke d’Orléans, in France. He was a regent of France for King Louis XV from the years 1715 to 1723, and he served with the French army against the Dutch and English in the War of the Grand Alliance. Philippe is a French variation of the name Philip, and means "lover of horses."

About the Author

Kristen Moutria has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Evangel University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in education from the University of Nebraska.