Show ContentsBondurant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The region of Dauphine, in the French Alps, was the ancestral homeland of the prestigious surname Bondurant. The surname Bondurant is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of surnames known as hereditary surnames. This particular surname was originally derived from the Old French word durant, which means enduring. It was a nickname commonly used for a stubborn, unbending person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Bondurant family

The surname Bondurant was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where the family dates back to as early as 1095 when a member of the De Durand family took part in a Crusade. Ponce De Durant and Humbert, his brother, are mentioned in two charters dating 1188 and 1205.

Many members of this ancient family took part in the wars of their times, protecting the King and their country, for which they were rewarded with lands and titles. The son of Ponce, Pierre I De Durant (1175-1256) was a Lord who controlled much land in Chabeuil. In 1380, Noble Simon is mentioned in the ancient archives as a taxpayer and landowner. A prominent member of the family, Reymond De Durand served with distinction in the armies of Louis XI and of Charles VIII and in consideration of his loyal services, the latter King granted him the title of Guard of the castle of Perpignan in 1485, at which time the castle was of great importance for the State.

Charles Durand, Gentleman of the Chamber, married Anne de Bonne de Sénégas in 1566 and their grand-son, Charles, was the Baron of Sénégas and the ancestor of the Marquis of Sénégas. The majority of the members of the Durand family held lands and titles.

Nicolas Durand, born in 1637, son of Pierre and Nicole (née Prevost), travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Françoise Gausse, daughter of Maurice and Marguerite (née Blay), on 12th September 1661. They remained together in Beauport, Quebec until Françoise passed away on 9th March 1714. [1]

Early History of the Bondurant family

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Bondurant Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Durand, Durant, Durrand, Durrant, Durant, Durrant, Durend, Durrend, Durent, Durrent, Duran, Durran, Duranc, Durranc, De Durand, De Durant, Duranti, De Durand, De Durant, Durante, Durrante, Durande and many more.

Early Notables of the Bondurant family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean-Etienne Duranti who received his Doctorate of Law, became the Attorney General, and the President of the Parliament of Toulouse, but was murdered by members of a league on February 16, 1589. His bust is at the Salle des Illustres and a street in Toulouse carries his name. Guillaume De Durant was the Lord of Montgeard and of Caneville and received his Doctorate of Law in the mid 1500's. Participating in the political affairs of the times, Paul De Durand, Lord of Roquefoulet and of Montgeard, was the President of the Parliament during...
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Bondurant Ranking

In the United States, the name Bondurant is the 10,662nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Bondurant migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bondurant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Pierre Bondurant, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [3]
Bondurant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Geo P. Bondurant, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1904
  • A. L. Bondurant, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Bourton P. Bondurant, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Bondurant (post 1700) +

  • Robert "Bob" Bondurant (1933-2021), American racecar driver who raced for the Shelby American, Ferrari, and Eagle teams, founder of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving which has been responsible for training generations of American racing drivers
  • Stuart O. Bondurant (1929-2018), American professor and dean emeritus at the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • George William BonDurant (b. 1915), retired American preacher
  • Robert James Bondurant (b. 1978), former American racecar driver
  • Bourbon Patch Bondurant (1898-1971), American professional NFL football player
  • Matt Bondurant, American author, best known for his books "The Third Translation" and "The Wettest County in the World"
  • Eugene Bondurant Sledge (1923-2001), United States Marine, university professor, and author

The Bondurant Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fert patriae facilem annonam
Motto Translation: Brings the country an easy market

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  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook