The name Bombard was originally a nickname
, which was later adopted as a surname. Bombard is derived from the Old French words "bon," which means "good," and "par," which means "equal fellow." Thus, it was a nickname
for a good friend or companion. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames
were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames; these usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name.
Early Origins of the Bombard family
The surname Bombard was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where a family of this name has been found since early times. The family were well established in the region of Dijonnais and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.
Early History of the Bombard family
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Bombard Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bombardier, Bombardiet, Bombardière, Bombardié, Bombarde, Bombard, Bombart, Bomardier and many more.
Early Notables of the Bombard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bombard family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bombard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Henriette Bombard, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1914
- Etienne Bombard, aged 36, who landed in America from Grenoble, France, in 1919
- Herbert Bombard, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1921
- PinCharles Bombard, aged 9, who landed in America from Warsaw, Poland, in 1921
- Tobe Les Bombard, aged 14, who emigrated to Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1921
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Bombard Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Roy H. Bombard, aged 30, who settled in Ottawa, Canada, in 1919
Contemporary Notables of the name Bombard (post 1700)
- Alain Louis Bombard (b. 1924), French biologist and physician, best known for sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a small boat in 1952