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Prior to 2001, the community of Orléans was spread over two municipal jurisdictions, the eastern portion being in the pre-amalgamation City of Cumberland, the western portion in the City of Gloucester.
The community is thought to have been named by its first postmaster, Théodore Besserer, after his place of birth, the Île d'Orléans near Quebec City. Orleans was an incorporated police village from 1922 to 1974 and was known as St. Joseph de Orleans.
The community's name Orleans, apparently inspired the name of one its main roads, Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard, which wraps its way around the community. Jeanne D'Arc (Joan of Arc) was the young martyr from Orléans, France.
Orleans has continued its steady growth as suburban community in since the late 1970s; its southern and easternnmost boundaries continue to grow as more houses are built. Orleans continues to have a sizeable French-speaking population.
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