Show ContentsBodrie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Bodrie belongs to a very particular southern region that was once known as Languedoc. The name is derived from the ancient Norman personal name Baldric.

Early Origins of the Bodrie family

The surname Bodrie was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the family established branches in Balzac in Burgundy (Bourgogne), and in the sixteenth century in Poitou, a new seat at Touche in Brittany, and in Agenais in Normandy. Many members of this notable family distinguished themselves through their contributions on the battlefield, in their community and for the King and country.

Urbain Beaudry was born on 6th January 1615 in Anjou, France. He travelled to Quebec, Canada in the 17th century, where he worked at Trois-Rivières and Cap-de-la-Madeleine as an edge-tool maker. He eventually married and had eleven children. Urbain was buried at Trois-Rivières in 1682. [1]

Early History of the Bodrie family

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Bodrie Spelling Variations

There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Beaudry, Beaudri, Beaudrie, Beaudris, Beauddry, Beauddri, Beauddrie, Beauddris, Bodry, Bodri, Bodrie, Bodris, Boddry, Boddri, Boddrie, Boddris, Baudry, Baudri, Baudrie, Baudris, Bauddry, Bauddri, Bauddrie, Bauddris, Beudry, Beudri, Beudrie, Beudris, Beuddry, Beuddri, Beuddrie and many more.

Early Notables of the Bodrie family

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Migration of the Bodrie family

By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Bodrie has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bodrie were Pindence Beaudry who settled in San Francisco in 1850; Pierre Baudry who settled in Virginia in 1700; Louis Baudry, son of Toussaint and Françoise Archambault, who married Catherine Picard in 1720 and married again Marguerite Lacombe, daughter of Jean and Marie Millet in 1728.

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print on Facebook