Last name origins & meanings:
- French: of uncertain origin, perhaps from a personal name
containing the Old High German element ercan ‘precious’,
‘excellent’ (borrowed, via Latin, from Greek archi- ‘the
first’, ‘the highest’). Compare Archambault.
- Simon Arcand ‘dit Bourdelais’ (i.e. ‘from Bordeaux’) married
Marie-Anne Inard in 1687 in Batiscan; their five sons had some thirty
children before 1730.
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