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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."

Bertran Early Origins



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 to his death.

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Bertran Spelling Variations


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Bertran Spelling Variations



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

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Bertran Early History


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Bertran Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bertran 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 Bertran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bertran Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bertran Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bertran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bertran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jose Bertran, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1837
  • L Bertran, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1859
  • J Bertran, aged 56, landed in New Orleans, La in 1859

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bertran (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bertran (post 1700)




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  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  6. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  10. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
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The Bertran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bertran 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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