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  • Shannon Leto
    Ethnicity: English, Cajun/French, smaller amounts of Irish, German, Scottish, at least 1/512 Spanish, remote Dutch and Mi’kmaq First Nations Shannon Leto is an American musician and songwriter. He is...
  • Paul Eugene Prudhomme (1940 - 2015)
    Paul Prudhomme (July 13, 1940 – October 8, 2015), also known as Gene Autry Prudhomme, was an American celebrity chef whose specialties were Creole and Cajun cuisines; he was credited with popularizing ...
  • Jean Alcibiade DeBlanc (C.S.A.) (1821 - 1883)
    From Wikipedia (English) : Jean Maximilien Alcibiades Derneville DeBlanc (September 16, 1821 – November 8, 1883) was a lawyer, Louisiana Supreme Court Justice, served as a Colonel for the Confederate...
  • Jefferson J. DeBlanc (1921 - 2007)
    From Wikipedia (English) : Jefferson Joseph DeBlanc (February 15, 1921 – November 22, 2007) was a World War II Marine Corps fighter pilot and ace — shooting down nine Japanese aircraft during two tou...
  • Jared Leto
    Jared Joseph Leto (born December 26, 1971) is an American actor, director, producer, musician and occasional model. Leto has appeared in both big-budget Hollywood films and smaller projects from inde...

This project highlights the many notable figures who trace their roots to the Creole and Cajun communities of southern Louisiana.

Cajuns

Cajuns -- les Cadiens -- are an ethnic group mainly living in the U.S. state of Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of French-speaking exiles from Acadia in what are now the Canadian Maritimes. About 500,000 Americans list themselves as Cajun, including nearly 450,000 in Louisiana.

Cajuns have exerted an enormous impact on the state's culture. Since their establishment in Louisiana, Cajuns have developed their own dialect, Cajun French, and have developed a vibrant culture that includes distinctive folkways, music, and cuisine.

A map of the parishes in Louisiana with the largest Cajun populations can be seen here.

Famous Figures

Please list below the notable Cajuns you add to this project.

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  • Ellen DeGeneres (1958 - ), comedian and talk-show host; from Metairie, Lousiana

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  • Brett Favre (1969 - ), legendary American football quarterback; paternal ancestors were Cajun

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  • Shia LaBeouf (1986 - present), actor; son of Cajun father
  • Tom Landry (1924 - 2000), legendary American football coach; paternal ancestors were Cajun
  • Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune (1867 - 1942), 13th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps; from Point Coupee Parish, Louisiana
  • Jared Leto (1971 - present), actor and singer; from Bossier City, Louisiana

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