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 left their native land to emigrate to New York.[4]

There is also a Breton soccer team in Queens.

Notable people

  • 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


    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.
    4. ^