Bourdon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bourdon reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Bourdon family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Bourdon is based on the Norman personal name Burdo, which is thought to be of Germanic origin.

Early Origins of the Bourdon family

The surname Bourdon was first found in Essex where they were granted lands by King William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings. Baron Burden appears in the Role of Battel Abbey and the Domesday Book as holding lands held by the Count of Mortain and leased to Richard de Surdeval.

Burdon and Great Burdon are townships in Durham. "The ancient family of Burdon, of knightly dignity, derived their name from this place; which also gave name to a local family, who, however, never passed the rank of yeomanry." [1]

Important Dates for the Bourdon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bourdon research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1115, 1128, 1166, 1180, 1217, 1467, 1497, 1758, 1273, 1273, 1296, 1296, 1333, 1574, 1817, 1764 and 1818 are included under the topic Early Bourdon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bourdon Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Bourdon has been recorded under many different variations, including Burdon, Burden, Bourden, Bourdon, Birden, Berden, Burdin, Burdin, Burdun, Burdon, Burdune, Burghdone, Burdoun and many more.

Early Notables of the Bourdon family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bourdon family to Ireland

Some of the Bourdon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bourdon migration to the United States

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Bourdons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Bourdon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Bourdon, who arrived in Louisiana in 1755
Bourdon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Troussaent Bourdon, who arrived in Savannah, Georgia in 1822
  • Troussaent Bourdon, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1822 [2]
  • Mrs. Bourdon, who settled in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Bourdon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Mrs. Bourdon, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Bourdon migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bourdon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Bourdon married Jacqueling Potel in Quebec on 9th September 1635 [3]
  • Jean Bourdon married Anne Gasnier in Quebec on 21st August 1655 [3]
  • Jacques Bourdon, son of Jean and Marguerite, married Marie Ménard, daughter of Jacques and Catherine, in Boucherville, Quebec on 8th February 1672 [3]
Bourdon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • César-Marin Bourdon, son of Jacques and Marie, married Anne Charles, daughter of Etienne and Madeleine, in Boucherville, Quebec on 23rd December 1709 [3]
  • Ignace Bourdon, son of Jacques and Marie, married Jeanne Charles, daughter of Etienne and Madeleine, in Longueuil, Quebec on 13th April 1711 [3]
  • Pierre Bourdon, son of Jacques and Marie, married Marie-Anne Gouyou, daughter of Guillaume and Hélène, in La Prairie, Quebec on 15th January 1711 [3]
  • Joseph-François Bourdon, son of Jacques and Marie, married Jeanne Blau, daughter of François and Catherine, in Montreal, Quebec on 28th November 1719 [3]
  • Joseph Bourdon, son of Pierre and Marie-Anne, married Marie Bourdeau, daughter of Jean and Élisabeth, in Longueuil, Quebec on 26th September 1722 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bourdon (post 1700)

  • William R. Bourdon (1894-1973), American Republican politician, Member of Arizona State House of Representatives, 1937-40; Member of Arizona State Senate, 1955-58; Presidential Elector for Arizona, 1968 [4]
  • Eli Bourdon, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 2nd District, 1928, 1932 [4]
  • Earl Bourdon (1917-1993), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1980 [4]
  • Allen Bourdon, American politician, Candidate for Vermont State Attorney General, 1914 [4]
  • Amé Bourdon (1636-1706), French physician and anatomist
  • Joseph Charles Rosario Bourdon D.Mus. (1885-1961), French Canadian cellist, violinist, conductor and arranger
  • Didier Bourdon (b. 1959), French Algeria-born actor, screenwriter and film director
  • Francois Louis Bourdon (1758-1798), French politician of the Revolutionary period
  • Sébastien Bourdon (1616-1671), French painter and engraver
  • Luc Bourdon (1987-2008), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman who played for the Vancouver Canucks and Team Canada
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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