The name Bergeaux was first used by a family in the southwestern French region called Gascogne
. It was a name for someone who lived near a rocky hill, deriving its origin from the Old French word berge, meaning rocky hill or mountain, and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived near such a landform.
Early Origins of the Bergeaux family
The surname Bergeaux was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain
, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where the family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Bergeaux family
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Bergeaux Spelling Variations
The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local
dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Bergeaux is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Laberge, La Berge, de Berge, de la Berge, Desberges, de Berghes and many more.
Early Notables of the Bergeaux family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bergeaux family to the New World and Oceana
France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 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. 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 Bergeaux were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bergeaux were Robert de La Berge, who settled in New France, at the age of 20. He spent most of his life in Ange Gardien, near the city of Quebec, where he established himself as a manufacturer and vendor of lime. He died in 1712 leaving behind him numerous and illustrious descendants throughout French Canada. Louis Berge settled in Louisiana in 1718.