Bordeleau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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A French family in the ancient region of Auvergne was the first to use the name Bordeleau. Bordeleau 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 Bordeleau family
The surname Bordeleau 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.
Important Dates for the Bordeleau family
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Bordeleau Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Bordeleau is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Bordeleau, Bourdeleau, Bourdelle, Bordelon, Bourdelon, Bourdeleau, Bourdeille, Bordeille, Bourdel, Bordel, Bourdelin, Bordelin, Bourdelles and many more.
Early Notables of the Bordeleau 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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Bordeleau migration to Canada
France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. 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, the Acadians 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 Bordeleau were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bordeleau were
- Antoine Bordeleau, son of Jean and Marie, married Pérette Hallier, daughter of Jean and Barbe, in Quebec on 15th October 1669 
- Antoine Bordeleau, son of Antoine and Pérette, married Catherine Picher, daughter of Pierre and Catherine, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 5th March 1696 
- Antoine Bordeleau, son of Antoine and Catherine, married Marie-Madeleine Savary, daughter of Pierre and Madeleine, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 4th November 1727 
- Etienne Bordeleau, son of Antoine and Catherine, married Louise Aide, daughter of Ignace and Madeleine, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 9th February 1750 
- Jean-Baptiste Bordeleau, son of Antoine and Catherine, married Françoise Béland, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 11th January 1759 
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Bordeleau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Antoine Bordeleau, a soldier in the company of Maximy in the regiment of Carignan in France, who settled in Quebec in September 1665
- Antoine Bordeleau was married in Quebec in 1696 and had 16 children
Bordeleau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Antoine Bordeleau, who arrived from France in around 1720
- Jean-Baptiste Bordeleau died in Neuville, Quebec, in 1721
- ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.