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Where did the French Bertrand family come from? What is the French Bertrand family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bertrand family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bertrand family history?

The majestic country of France is the ancestral homeland to the prominent surname Bertrand. The surname Bertrand is derived from the personal name of an ancestor, making this a patronymic surname, which belongs to the larger category of hereditary surnames. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin. In some cases the exact same name appears in many other European countries. The given name Bertrand is derived from the Old German name Berhthramn, which meant "bright raven." This was a popular name due to the raven's symbolic which means as "one who defeats his enemies."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Bertrand, Bertran, Bertrant, Bertranc, Bertrent, Bairtrand, Bairtran, Bhairtrand and many more.

First found in Provence, where one of the first records of the name was William Bertrand (died 1094), known as William V or Bertrand I or II, count and margrave of Provence from 1051 to his death.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bertrand research. Another 371 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1378, 1510, 1535, 1581, 1600, 1696, and 1703 are included under the topic Early Bertrand History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bertrand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bertrand Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Elizabeth Bertrand, who landed in New York, NY in 1693

Bertrand Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mr Bertrand, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Jacques Bertrand, aged 40, settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Natalis Bertrand, aged 29, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jacques Bertrand, aged 40, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Claude Bertrand, aged 17, arrived in Louisiana in 1720


Bertrand Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Simon Bertrand, who landed in America in 1805
  • Antoine Bertrand, who landed in Louisiana in 1805
  • P. R. Bertrand, aged 28, settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • M. Bertrand, aged 23, settled in New Orleans in 1823
  • J. Bertrand, aged 20, settled in New York in 1823


Bertrand Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Emile Bertrand, who landed in Mississippi in 1905

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  • John Raney Bertrand, American College President, Mount Berry, GA
  • Marcia Lynne "Marcheline" Bertrand (1950-2007), American actress and producer, mother of actress Angelina Jolie
  • James "Jimmy" Bertrand (1900-1960), American jazz and blues drummer
  • Léon Bertrand (b. 1951), French (Guyana born) politician, Minister of Tourism for France and Mayor of Saint-Laurent-of-Maroni, Guyana
  • Louis Marie Émile Bertrand (1866-1941), French writer, member of the Académie française (1925-1941)
  • Henri Gratien Bertrand (1773-1844), French soldier and military engineer
  • Major-General Ren-Gabriel-Henri Bertrand (1895-1966), French Chief of Staff, North Africa
  • Joseph Louis François Bertrand (1822-1900), French mathematician
  • Louis-Jacques-Napoléon "Aloysius" Bertrand (1807-1841), French poet
  • Marcel Alexandre Bertrand (1847-1907), French geologist born in Paris, son of Joseph Louis François Bertrand

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  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Bertrand Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bertrand Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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