1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Arbonne (Basque: Arbona) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arbonars[1][2]


Arbonne is located some 6 km south of Biarritz and 3 km east of Bidart. It is part of the Urban area of Bayonne and is located in the former province of Labourd. Access to the commune is by road D255 from Biarritz in the north passing through the village and continuing south to Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle. The D655 branches off the D255 in the south of the commune and goes to Ahetze. The A63 autoroute passes through the northern tip of the commune but has no access from the commune. In the south of the commune is the hamlet of Le Hameau d'Arbonne. The rest of the commune is mainly farmland with patches of forest especially in the north.

Located in the drainage basin of the Adour, the commune is traversed by the Uhabia, a small coastal river that flows into the ocean at Bidart, and its tributaries: the Zirikolatzeko erreka and the Ruisseau d'Argelos.

The Ruisseau de Pemartin also flows through the commune and there is an extensive network of streams throughout the commune.[3]

Places and Hamlets[4]

  • Aguerrea
  • Alhorga[5]
  • Allexarrea
  • Arditegia
  • Arretxea
  • Berrueta
  • Cassoua
  • Diharzenea
  • Etchardia
  • Guichenea
  • Gure Egoitza
  • le Hameau d'Arbonne
  • Harriague[5]
  • Hegoasea
  • Katalienea
  • Kuttuenea
  • Larreburua
  • Magnienea
  • Menta[5]
  • Mestelan Beherea[5]
  • Mestelania
  • Moleresia
  • Mundustenea
  • Pemartikoborda
  • Pemartin[5]
  • Perukain[5]
  • La Place[5]
  • le Pouy[5]
  • Saskoenea
  • Tribulenea
  • Xantxienea
  • Xokobia
  • Ziburria
  • Ziburriako Errota


The commune name in Basque is Arbona.[6]

Brigitte Jobbé-Duval[2] indicated that 'Arbona meant "place of tree stumps".

The following table details the origins of the commune name and other names in the commune.

Name Spelling Date Source Page Origin Description
Arbonne Narbona 1186 Raymond
Bayonne Village
Narbone 1349 Orpustan
Alhorgako Erreka L'Alhorga 1863 Raymond
A tributary of the Uhabia flowing from Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle and Ahetze
Berrueta Berhouetta 1863 Raymond
Harriague Harriague 1863 Raymond
Hurmalague Hurmalague 1863 Raymond
Menta Menta 1198 Raymond
Bayonne Hamlet
Mente 1523 Raymond
Mestelan Beherea Mestelan 1760 Raymond
Collations Farm (a prebend of this name was present in the Arbonne church)
Mesthelan 1863 Raymond
Pemartin Pémartin 1863 Raymond
Perukain Perucam 13th century Raymond
Bayonne Hamlet
Pérucain 1863 Raymond
La Place La Place 1863 Raymond
Le Pouy la chapelle de Pouy près Bayonne 1751 Raymond
Intendance Farm
Pouy 1863 Raymond




The oldest lord of Arbonne whose names are known are from the Sault family, Viscounts of Labourd. At the end of the 14th century the lordship was owned by the Saint-Julien family (originally from Lower Navarre) and then in 1408 to the Amezqueta family.[11]

The Act of 4 March 1790,[12] which determined the new administrative landscape of France by creating departments and districts, created the Department of Basses-Pyrénées to bring together Béarn, the Gascon lands in Bayonne and Bidache, and three French Basque provinces. For these three provinces three districts were created: Mauléon, Saint-Palais, and Ustaritz which replaced the Bailiwick of Labourd. The seat of Ustaritz was transferred almost immediately to Bayonne. Its Directorate pushed many municipalities into adopting new names conforming to the spirit of the Revolution. Arbonne was called Constante,[13] Ustaritz became Marat-sur-Nive, Itxassou Union, Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry Thermopyles, Saint-Palais Mont-Bidouze, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Nive-Franche, Louhossoa Montagne-sur-Nive, Saint-Jean-de-Luz Chauvin-Dragon, Ainhoa Mendiarte, and Souraïde Mendialde.


Arms of Arbonne
Adopted by the Town Council on 20 May 1988.[11]

Or, a Tauzin oak Vert accompanied at sinister by a bear Sable attached to the trunk of the tree and at dexter two nails of Sable posed in chevron inverted.


List of Successive Mayors[14][15]

Mayors from the French Revolution to 1943
From To Name Party Position
1790? 1794 Daguerre
1794 1795 Dominique Duhart Mayor of Constante which united Arbonne, Arcangues, and Bassussarry
1795 Jean Laborde Mayor of Constante
1814 1817 Pierre Landaboure
1817 1822 Jean Diharce
1822 1823 Martin Hegoas
1823 1827 Charles Borotra
1827 1840 Mathieu Duhart
1840 1842 Hirigoyen
1842 1849 Doyhenard
1849 1859 Laborde
1859 1864 Michel Dokhelar
1864 1876 Laurent Hirigoyen
1876 1881 Jean Dufau
1881 1896 Jean Borotra
1896 1904 Jean Dufau
1904 1943 Bernard Housset
Mayors from 1943
From To Name Party Position
1943 1945 Jean Hegoas
1945 1948 Émile Martin
1953 1971 André Gromard
1971 1977 Didier Borotra
1977 1995 Bernard Abeberry The council elected in 1983 had two women for the first time
1995 2008 Jean Bareille
2008 2020 Marie-Josèphe Mialocq

(Not all data is known)


Arbonne is part of nine inter-communal structures:

  • the Agglomération Sud Pays Basque;
  • the SIVOM of Arbonne-Arcangues-Bassussarry;
  • the SIVU of Arbonne-Bidart;
  • the Ouhabia association;
  • the mixed association of Bizi Garbia;
  • the Association for promotion of basque culture;
  • the mixed association for management of Ura drinking water;
  • the mixed association for sanitation in Ura;
  • the Energy association of Pyrénées-Atlantiques.

The commune is part of the Eurocité basque Bayonne-San Sebastian (fr) (a cross-border association to develop the area from Bayonne in France to San Sebastian in Spain).


In 2009 the commune had 1,993 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
608 555 560 520 690 745 715 708 700
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
685 700 705 733 724 790 800 770 759
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
764 789 788 689 763 866 980 763 614
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
628 648 819 1,196 1,366 1,375 1,460 1,993 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of Arbonne


The commune is part of the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) zone of Ossau-iraty.

Culture and Heritage

The Church of Saint-Laurent
The old benoîterie
Old Hilarri in the cemetery

According to the Map of the Seven Basque Provinces by Prince Louis-Lucien Bonaparte the basque dialect spoken in Arbonne is northern Upper Navarrese

Religious Heritage

The commune has two buildings that are registered as historical monuments:

  • The Church of Saint-Laurent (12th century).Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[16] It is of a medium size with an arched Bell-gable characteristic of Labourd religious buildings. Some old Hilarri are visible in the cemetery.
  • The old Benoîterie d'Arbonne (16th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[17] The Benoîterie was the residence of the Benoîte or guardian of the church and cemetery and is now the venue for exhibitions (paintings, crafts).



The commune has a general practitioner, three nurses, a speech therapist, a physiotherapist, and a dentist - all in the village centre.


Arbonne has two primary schools, one public and one private (Saint-Laurent school)

Notable people linked to the commune

  • Jean Borotra - called the Basque bondissant (the Bounding Basque), born in 1898 at Biarritz and died in 1994 at Arbonne, a tennis player and French politician
  • Bernard Béreau, born in 1940 at Arbonne and died in 2005, he was a French footballer
  • Marie-Michèle Beaufils, born in 1949 at Arbonne, she is a contemporary writer

See also


  • Arbonne, Arbona, Collective work under the direction of Hubert Lamant-Duhart, Ekaina, 1988 (in French)

External links

Notes and references


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine., the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (in French)
  2. ^ a b Brigitte Jobbé-Duval, Dictionary of place names - Pyrénées-Atlantiques, 2009, Archives and Culture, ISBN 978-2-35077-151-9 (in French)
  3. ^ a b Google Maps
  4. ^ Géoportail, IGN (in French)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Topographic Dictionary of the Department of Basses-Pyrenees, Paul Raymond, Imprimerie nationale, 1863, Digitised from Lyon Public Library 15 June 2011 (in French)
  6. ^ Euskaltzaindia - Academy of the Basque language (Basque)
  7. ^ Manuscript from the 14th century in the Departmental Archives of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (in French)
  8. ^ Manuscripts from the 17th and 18th centuries in the Departmental Archives of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (in French)
  9. ^ Chapter of Bayonne in the Departmental Archives of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (in French)
  10. ^ Titles of the intendance of Pau - Departmental Archives of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (in French)
  11. ^ a b Hubert Lamant-Duhart, Arbonne, Arbona, Collective work under the direction of Hubert Lamant-Duhart, Ekaina, 1988 (in French)
  12. ^ Philippe Veyrin, The Basques, Arthaud, 1947, reprinted 1975, ISBN 2 7003 0038 6, p. 185 (in French)
  13. ^ Communal Notice for Arbonne, consulted on 7 July 2012 (in French).
  14. ^ Hubert Lamant-Duhart in Arbonne, Arbona, Collective work under the direction of Hubert Lamant-Duhart, Ekaina, 1988, p. 213 (in French)
  15. ^ List of Mayors of France
  16. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00084554 Church of Saint-Laurent (in French)
  17. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00084551 Benoîterie d'Arbonne (in French)