The name Bombardier was originally a nickname
, which was later adopted as a surname. Bombardier 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 Bombardier family
The surname Bombardier 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 Bombardier family
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Bombardier Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bombardier, Bombardiet, Bombardière, Bombardié, Bombarde, Bombard, Bombart, Bomardier and many more.
Early Notables of the Bombardier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bombardier family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bombardier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward Antoine Farance F. Bombardier, who was naturalized in Michigan in 1885
Bombardier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- André Bombardier, born in 1679, the son of Jean and of Marie-Françoise Guilin of St-Sauveau, French Flanders, who settled in Quebec, where he married Marguerite Demers in 1706 in Montreal
Bombardier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jacques Bombardier, who married Françoise Tibaut in Pte-aux-Trembles, Quebec in 1748
- Gabriel Bombardier married Cécile Sinet in Pte-aux-Trembles, Quebec in 1761
Contemporary Notables of the name Bombardier (post 1700)
- André JR Bombardier, Canadian executive, Vice Chairman of the Board of Bombardier corp
- Joseph-Armand Bombardier (1907-1964), Canadian inventor and businessman, inventor of the snowmobile, founder of the Bombardier company
- Eugène-Grégoire Bombardier, Canadian lawyer, solicitor in Saint-Hyacinthe from 1873 to 1904
- Jean-Michel Bombardier (b. 1970), Canadian skater
- Denise Bombardier (b. 1941), Canadian journalist