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Name Origins: Lucien

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
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LUCIEN/LUCIEN B. (m): Lucien Bonaparte (1775–1840), Prince of Canino, brother of Napoléon I, Emperor of the French, was en route to America in 1809 when he was captured by the British, and spent the next few years in the English countryside writing poetry. His son, the ornithologist Charles Lucien Jules Laurent Bonaparte (1803–1857), visited America between 1822 and 1826.

A great many of the 65 men with given names “Lucien B.” in the 1850 U.S. census (and the 72 Civil War soldiers named “Lucien B.” found in Ancestry.com’s U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861–1865, database) were likely named for Napoleon’s brother.


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