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

A French family in the ancient region of Auvergne was the first to use the name Bordelon. Bordelon was a name for someone who lived at or near a farm, deriving its origin from the word borde, which is a Mediterranean French word for farm. Accordingly, the surname meant "dweller on the farm." It is a local name, meaning that the name is derived from the place where the original bearer lived and held land.

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Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Bordelon, including Bordeleau, Bourdeleau, Bourdelle, Bordelon, Bourdelon, Bourdeleau, Bourdeille, Bordeille, Bourdel, Bordel, Bourdelin, Bordelin, Bourdelles and many more.

First found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bordelon research. Another 97 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1413, 1561, 1570, 1653, 1688, 1838, 1861, and 1895 are included under the topic Early Bordelon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 127 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bordelon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Bordelon were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bordelon were Antoine Bordeleau, a soldier in the company of Maximy in the regiment of Carignan in France, who settled in Quebec in September 1665. Another Antoine Bordeleau was married in Quebec in 1696 and had 16 children who carried the name through the following centuries in Canada. Jean-Baptiste Bordeleau died in Neuville, Quebec, in 1721.

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  • Staff Sergeant William James Bordelon (1920-1943), American naval officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943, eponym of the USS Bordelon (DD-881)
  • Kenneth Patrick Bordelon (b. 1954), former professional American football player
  • Melinda Jane Bordelon (1949-1995), American painter and illustrator
  • Robert Bordelon (b. 1952), Australian professional footballer


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The Bordelon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bordelon 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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