People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Breton of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 14,350

ROP3 Code: 101666
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: French
Language: Breton - (bre)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: France

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Majority Located Where

  Montreal (Laval), QC - 6,040

  QC City (Lévis), QC - 1,930

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 60

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Brief Profile

The Bretons migrated from the region of Brittany in France. They trace their heritage to Brittonic speakers who emigrated from southwestern Great Britain including Cornwall to avoid invading Germanic tribes. They also descend from the Gauls and in some parts from Vikings. Hence, they are the last vestiges of the ancient Britons.

Large numbers of Bretons migrated to the United States and Canada in the 1950s and 1960s, with many settling in the New York City area, specifically in the East Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens.

Since the early migrations, most have assimilated into mainstream culture. However, some have continued to maintain their people group identity by speaking their mother tongue, Breton, and also adhering to their cultural traditions.

Bretons adhere to Roman Catholicism, if not in practice, in name only.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God will send Christians to engage Bretons in deed and word with the gospel message.
  • Pray for Bretons to experience a personal and living relationship with Christ.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC6,040
CanadaQuébecQC City (Lévis)QC1,930
United StatesEast ElmhurstNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY60