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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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bondurant research. Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1256, 1380, 1485, 1566, 16, , 1589, 1500, 1600, 1721, 1815, 1789 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Bondurant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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...

Another 237 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bondurant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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

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 emigrated to the United States, in 1919

  • 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"
  • Robert "Bob" Bondurant (b. 1933), American former racecar driver and founder of The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

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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    Other References

    1. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    9. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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    The Bondurant Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Bondurant 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 February 2016 at 15:49.

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