Show ContentsBourbon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Bourbon, evoke images of the ancient province of Bourbonnais, which was the most central of all the French Provinces. The original bearer of the name Bourbon, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of France. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Bourbon family originally lived in a village in Allier, which is now the site of the ruined castle of Bourbon.

Early Origins of the Bourbon family

The surname Bourbon was first found in Bourbon, where the family was descended from Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (circa 1270-1342).

Early History of the Bourbon family

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Bourbon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bourbon, Bourbons, Bourbont, Bourbone, Bourbo, Burbon, Burbons, Burbont, Burbone, Burbo, Burbon, Bourbbon, Bourbbons, Bourbbont, Bourbbone, Bourbbo, Burbbon, Burbbons, Burbbont, Burbbone, Burbbo, de Bourbon, de la Bourbon, De Bourbon, de Bourbons, de Bourbont, de Bourbone and many more.

Early Notables of the Bourbon family

Notable amongst the family name in this period was

  • Anne de Bourbon (1380-1408), daughter of John I, Count of La Marche and his wife Catherine of Vendôme, Anne was a member of the House of Bourbon
  • Charles Bourbon, Duke of Bourbon and of Auvergne
  • Armand de Bourbon, Prince of Conti (1629-1666), a French nobleman
  • Antoine de Bourbon (1518-1562) was the Duc de Vendôme, and the father of Henry IV of France
  • Anne Geneviève de Bourbon (1619-1679), a French princess remembered for her beauty and amours
  • Louis II de Bourbon, 4th Prince de Condé (1621-1686) a French military leader, who became one of Louis XIV's greatest generals
  • Louise Marie Anne de Bourbon (1674-1681), the illegitimate daughter of Louis XIV of France who died in infancy
  • Anne Marie de Bourbon (1675-1700), daughter of the Prince of Condé, Princesse du Sang, she died of lung disease

Bourbon Ranking

In France, the name Bourbon is the 758th most popular surname with an estimated 6,518 people with that name. 1

United States Bourbon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bourbon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Louis Bourbon, who landed in Louisiana in 1718 2
  • Elirabet Thibodau Bourbon, aged 40, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785 2
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Bourbon, (nee Thibodeaux), (b. 1745), aged 40, French widow traveling aboard the ship "Le Saint-Remi" arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana on 10th September 1785 3
Bourbon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Bourbon, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 2

Canada Bourbon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bourbon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Bourbon, son of Jean and Antoine, who married Marie-Anne Benoit, daughter of Paul and Isabelle-Élisabeth, in Boucherville, Quebec on 27th February 1680 4
  • Jean Bourbon, son of Louis and Isabelle, who married Claudine Guérin, daughter of Clément and Périnne, in Charlesbourg, Qubec on 6th February 1690 4
  • Etienne Bourbon, son of Louis and Anne, who married Madeleine Mandin, daughter of Antoine and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 28th October 1697 4
Bourbon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mathurin Bourbon, son of Antoine and Catherine, who married Suzanne-Élisabeth Charbonneau, daughter of Jean and Isabelle, in Charlesbourg, Qubec on 1st October 1703 4
  • Jean-Baptiste Bourbon, son of Jean and Claudine, who married Marie-Madeleine Barbot, daughter of Simon and Catherine, in Charlesbourg, Qubec on 21st November 1740 4
  • Jacques Bourbon, who married Thérèse Rosa in 1752 in Québec

Contemporary Notables of the name Bourbon (post 1700) +

  • Charles Bourbon (1490-1527), French soldier
  • Bourbon Patch Bondurant (1898-1971), American professional NFL football player

  2. 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)
  3. 7 Ships Acadian Expedition of 1785 retrieved 4th October 2021 from
  4. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958. on Facebook