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Bourdin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Bourdin name comes from that Medieval landscape of northwestern France known as Brittany. The name Bourdin was originally derived from the family having lived in Brittany.

Early Origins of the Bourdin family


The surname Bourdin was first found in Brittany, where the family held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bourdin family


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Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1420, 1423, 1535, 1700, 1616, 1671, 1616, 1671, 1601, 1668, 1597, 1700, 1642 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Bourdin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bourdin 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 Bourdin, including Bourdon, Bourdin, Bourdine, Bourdonneau and many more.

Early Notables of the Bourdin family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst this name at this time was Jacques Bourdin, the Lord of Chars and of Villeines in the Touraine region, who became the secretary to Charles IX; Jacques Bourdon, bailiff of the duchy of Elbeuf; Sébastien Bourdon (1616-1671), French painter and drawer in the city of Montpellier; François Louis Bourdon...
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Migration of the Bourdin family to the New World and Oceana


French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Bourdin surname were

Bourdin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jean Bourdin, who settled in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1822

Bourdin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jacques Bourdin, who settled in Quebec in 1665
  • Jacques Bourdin, who landed in Quebec in 1665

Contemporary Notables of the name Bourdin (post 1700)


  • Charles Bourdin (1790-1873), French engineer and inventor of the hydraulic turbine in 1824

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