(Names from 1724 Census)*

Simon Lambert
Conrad Friedrich
Johann Georg Troxler
Johann Georg Bock
Wilhelm Ziriac
Johann Callander
Stephan Kistenmacher
Jeremias Wagner
Leonhard Magdolff
Andreas Schantz
Johann Georg Betz
Johann Adam Matern
Caspar Dubs
Ambrose Heidel
Jacob Ritter
Michael Vogel
Sebastian Funck
Michael Horn
Balthasar Monthe


Johann Georg Raeser
Johann Jacob Bebloquet
Johann Cretzmann
Balthasar Marx
Bernard Wich
Johann Rommel
Catharine Weller
Anna Kuhn
Magdalena Fromberger
Margarethe Reynard
Catherine Hencke
Christian Grabert
Andreas Necker
Jacob Oberle
Andreas Schenck
Marcus Thiel
Moritz Kobler
Karl Friedrich D’Arensbourg
Andreas Traeger


Jacob Lueck
Andreas Hofmann
Mathias Friedrich
Bernhard Reusch
Paul Klomp
Adam Schmitz
Johann Rodler
Anton Distelzweig
William Pictot
Friedrich Merkel
Peter Muench
Andreas Struempfl
Johann Adam Riehl
Jacques Poche
Joseph Wagensbach
Sibylla Heil
Johann Adam Edelmeier
Philipp Zahn
Johann Jacob Foltz
Bernhard Anton


*J. Hanno Deiler, Settlement of the German Coast of Louisiana and
the Creoles of German Descent



     These early German settlers readily married into French families already living on the German Coast and adopted the French language and customs. They even accepted Gallicized revisions of their names. The French officials were well educated, served as scribes, and recorded the names of the Germans phonetically. The most common example is the German name Zweig, which sounded like twig. This became LaBranche in French. The spoken German language died slowly on the coast, but the written German faded quickly, as many of these first Germans had no formal education.


German Original

French Translation

  • Dubs
  • Engel
  • Foltz
  • Heidel
  • Helfer
  • Himmel
  • Huber
  • Kamper
  • Lesch
  • Manz
  • Matern
  • Toups
  • Hingle
  • Folse
  • Haydel
  • Elfer
  • Hymel
  • Oubre
  • Cambre
  • Laiche
  • Montz
  • Mathern

German Original

French Translation

  • Mayer
  • Rommel
  • Schaf
  • Scheckschneider
  • Traeger
  • Trischl
  • Troxler
  • Wagensbach
  • Weber
  • Wichner
  • Zehringer
  • Mayeux
  • Rome
  • Chauffe
  • Schexnayder
  • Tregre
  • Triche
  • Trosclair
  • Waguespack
  • Webre
  • Vicknair
  • Zeringue


I n addition to those first families
of St. Charles Parish, those
pioneers listed in the 1724
census, other German families not
listed in the 1724 census were in
the area and eventually came to
the German Coast including:
Jacob Huber (Oubre), Thomas
Lesch (Laiche), Mueller, Johann
Weber, Pierre Brou, Michael
Zehringer (Zeringue), Schaf (Chauffe),
Hans Reinhard Scheckschneider,
Jean Zweig, Adam Trischl (Triche),
and Johann Manz (Montz). Many
of the descendents of these
pioneer families remain today
on the German Coast.

Early Death Certificate Registre d’état-civil Louisiana, f° 4: extrait des registres du R. P. Philibert Viauden…



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Copyright © This text is copyright material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.