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Bordel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



A French family in the ancient region of Auvergne was the first to use the name Bordel. Bordel was a name for someone who lived at or near a farm, deriving its origin from the word "borde", which is a Mediterranean French word for "farm". Accordingly, the surname meant "dweller on the farm". It is a local name, meaning that the name is derived from the place where the original bearer lived and held land.


Early Origins of the Bordel family


The surname Bordel was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France.

Early records show that this line held the title of Lord of Auvergne, last recorded in 1570. Established with lands, properties and manors, members of the most ancient branch of the lineage have been prominent in France since early times.


Early History of the Bordel family


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Bordel Spelling Variations


Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Bordel, including Bordeleau, Bourdeleau, Bourdelle, Bordelon, Bourdelon, Bourdeleau, Bourdeille, Bordeille, Bourdel, Bordel, Bourdelin, Bordelin, Bourdelles and many more.

Early Notables of the Bordel family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family was Cardinal Eleie de Bourdeille, who was archbishop of Tours in 1413. In 1561 André de Bourdeille was Captain of 50 soldiers. François de Bourdeille was bishop of Périgueux at this time. Laurent Bordelon, born in 1653 in Brouges, was president in the third chamber of inquiries of the parliament of Paris. Charles Bourdelin was a philologist, or man of...
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Migration of the Bordel family to the New World and Oceana


In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Bordel were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bordel were Antoine Bordeleau, a soldier in the company of Maximy in the regiment of Carignan in France, who settled in Quebec in September 1665. Another Antoine Bordeleau was married in Quebec in 1696 and had 16 children who carried the name through the following centuries in Canada. Jean-Baptiste Bordeleau died in Neuville, Quebec, in 1721.

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