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

Noble surnames, such as Bourbon, evoke images of the ancient province of Bourbonnais, which was the most central of all the French Provinces. The original bearer of the name Bourbon, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of France. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Bourbon family originally lived in a village in Allier, which is now the site of the ruined castle of Bourbon.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Bourbon, Bourbons, Bourbont, Bourbone, Bourbo, Burbon, Burbons, Burbont, Burbone, Burbo, Burbon, Bourbbon, Bourbbons, Bourbbont, Bourbbone, Bourbbo, Burbbon, Burbbons, Burbbont, Burbbone, Burbbo, de Bourbon, de la Bourbon, De Bourbon, de Bourbons, de Bourbont, de Bourbone and many more.

First found in Bourbon, where the family was descended from Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (circa 1270-1342).


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bourbon research. Another 395 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1311, 1356, 1337, 1410, 1400, 1490, 1527, 1553, 1610, 1589, 1610, 1589, 1793, 1814, 1830, 1700, 1868, 1874, 1931, 1975, 1734, 1860, 1380, 1408, 1629, 1666, 1518, 1562, 1619, 1679, 1621, 1686, 1674, 1681, 1675, 1700, 1678 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Bourbon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 325 words(23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bourbon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bourbon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Louis Bourbon, who landed in Louisiana in 1718
  • Elirabet Thibodau Bourbon, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785

Bourbon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Bourbon, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Bourbon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Jacques Bourbon, who married Thérèse Rosa in 1752 in Québec

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  • Charles Bourbon (1490-1527), French soldier


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

This page was last modified on 24 October 2013 at 12:58.

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