Bertran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The majestic country of France is the ancestral homeland to the prominent surname Bertran. The surname Bertran 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".

Early Origins of the Bertran family

The surname Bertran was 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 until his death.

Guillaume Bertrand, Lord of Vénasque is recorded in the archives in 1275 and Cardinal Bertrand is mentioned in 1275 and in 1378. Descending from the original line of Provence, this ancient family branched out to Roussillon in 1510 where they were well known as the Bertran of Palmarolle. For their involvement in the events of the 1600's many courageous members were listed in the Armorial of 1696 from the regions of Provence. Specifically mentioned in the Armorial were the Honourables Joseph Dominique Bertrand in Aix, Antoine Bertrand in Grasse and Maxime Bertrand in Roumoule. In 1703 this eminent family received its letters patent and heraldic cap, thus confirming their noble descent, the nobility of living members, and that of their descendants in 1703.

Jean Bertrand, born in 1667, was a French labourer that travelled to Canada in the 17th century, along with his wife, Renée Boucherot. He worked as a sailor for three years on "Le Breton" of Quebec. Jean and Renée had one son and he became a farmer in Charlesbourg, Quebec. [1]

Early History of the Bertran family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bertran research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1378, 1510, 1535, 1581, 1600, 1696, and 1703 are included under the topic Early Bertran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bertran Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Bertran family (pre 1700)

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United States Bertran migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bertran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jose Bertran, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1837 [2]
  • L Bertran, aged 40, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1859 [2]
  • J Bertran, aged 56, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1859 [2]

Canada Bertran migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bertran Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Bertran, who arrived in Canada in 1664
Bertran Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. David Bertran U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [3]
  • Mr. David Bertran, "Bertrand" Sr., U.E. (b. 1760) who settled in Clinton Township, Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1794 he served in the New Jersey Volunteers, 2nd Battalion, he died in 1815 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bertran (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Maurice Bertran (1888-1976), French Commanding Officer during World War II [4]

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Maurice Bertran. Retrieved from on Facebook
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