Borghese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The early French language of the northwestern region known as Brittany (French: Bretagne) is the soil from which the many generations of the Borghese family have grown. The name Borghese was given to a member of the family who was a person known as a "freeman". The name Borghese is derived from the French word "bourgeois", which in medieval times was used to refer to the "free-men" of a town. "Free-men" were those whose status was between the noble classes and the serfs, who were obligated to work the feudal estates of the lords.

Early Origins of the Borghese family

The surname Borghese was first found in Brittany, where the family first originated and maintained their status as one of the more distinguished families of the region.

Several family members figured amongst the nobles of Trégnier en 1437. The Lords of Auteville, Heauville, and Gruchy were all ennobled in 1507. The family prospered and branched out into other regions such as Quimperlé, receiving its title of nobility in 1711.

The family name of Bourgeois was later found in the sub-prefecture of Brest as well as in the region of Poitou where several members held the position of principal county magistrate. The patronymic Le Bourgeois was also registered in Normandy, giving its name to four prominent families that were ennobled in 1666 and in 1671. [1]

Jacques Bourgeois, born in 1618, was a French surgeon that settled in the New World in the 17th century. He arrived in Acadia aboard the ship Aulnay in the year of 1642. A year after arriving in Canada he married Jeanne Trahan at Port-Royal in 1643. Jacques worked as a military doctor and is regarded as the founder of Beaubassin, originally an Acadian village that is now located in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. [2]

Early History of the Borghese family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borghese research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1663, 1808, 1809, 1810, 1811, 1620, 1700, 1851, 1927, 1920, 1857 and 1945 are included under the topic Early Borghese History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Borghese Spelling Variations

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Borghese is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Bourgeois, Bourgois, Bourgeoys, Bourgeot, Le Bourgeois, de Bourgeois, Bourjois, Bourgès, Bourgeix and many more.

Early Notables of the Borghese family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst this name at this time was Marguerite Bourgeoys, C.N.D., (1620-1700), born in Troyes, France, she was the French foundress of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal; Charles Le Bourgeois, squire and...
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Migration of the Borghese family

Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Borghese has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Borghese were Jeanne Trahan, who settled in Acadia in 1636; Marguerite Bourgeoys, 33; who arrived in Montreal in 1653; another Marguerite Bourgeoys, who settled in Montreal in 1659.

Contemporary Notables of the name Borghese (post 1700) +

  • François Borghèse, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [3]
  • Camille Borghèse, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]
  • don Francisco de Asis de Narváez y Borghese, made the Count of Yumuri in 1847

  1. ^ Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
  2. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) François Borghèse. Retrieved from
  4. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Camille Borghèse. Retrieved from on Facebook
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