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The majestic country of France is the ancestral homeland to the prominent surname Bertrand. The surname Bertrand 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."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Bertrand, Bertran, Bertrant, Bertranc, Bertrent, Bairtrand, Bairtran, Bhairtrand and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bertrand 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 Bertrand History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bertrand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bertrand Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Elizabeth Bertrand, who landed in New York, NY in 1693
Bertrand Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mr Bertrand, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
- Jacques Bertrand, aged 40, settled in Louisiana in 1719
- Natalis Bertrand, aged 29, landed in Louisiana in 1719
- Jacques Bertrand, aged 40, landed in Louisiana in 1719
- Claude Bertrand, aged 17, arrived in Louisiana in 1720
Bertrand Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Simon Bertrand, who landed in America in 1805
- Antoine Bertrand, who landed in Louisiana in 1805
- P. R. Bertrand, aged 28, settled in New Orleans in 1822
- M. Bertrand, aged 23, settled in New Orleans in 1823
- J. Bertrand, aged 20, settled in New York in 1823
Bertrand Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Emile Bertrand, who landed in Mississippi in 1905
Bertrand Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Frs Bertrand, who arrived in Canada in 1632
- Guillaume Bertrand, who landed in Quebec in 1665
- Jean Bertrand, who landed in Quebec in 1683
Bertrand Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- François Bertrand, son of Jean and Charlotte Brugnion-Lapierre married Geneviève Henri of Québec, widow of Barsalou in 1735
- Gilles Bertrand, son of Gilles and Pèronelle LeRoyer married Louise-Thérèse Trouillet of Québec, daughter of Louis and Louise Dubois in 1737
- Jean Bertrand, son of Jean and Marie Jaffrette married Elisabeth Legrain of Québec, daughter of Charles and Thérèse Stébenne in 1741
- Pierre Bertrand, son of Pierre and Jeanne Bedine married Marie-Joseph Gauthier of Québec, daughter of Laurent and Marie-Joseph Thomas in 1760
- Francoise Bertrand, aged 30, arrived in Acadia in 1765
- James "Jimmy" Bertrand (1900-1960), American jazz and blues drummer
- Marcia Lynne "Marcheline" Bertrand (1950-2007), American actress and producer, mother of actress Angelina Jolie
- John Raney Bertrand, American College President, Mount Berry, GA
- Edme Victor Bertrand, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
- Henri Gratien Bertrand, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
- Antoine Joseph Bertrand, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
- Alexandre Louis Joseph Bertrand (1820-1902), French archaeologist
- Jean-Baptiste Bertrand (1823-1887), French painter and lithographer
- Xavier Bertrand (d. 1965), French politician, former Minister of Labour, Employment and Health
- Marcel Alexandre Bertrand (1847-1907), French geologist born in Paris, son of Joseph Louis François Bertrand
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
- Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
- Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
- Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
- Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
The Bertrand Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bertrand 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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