The Bourdonneaux name comes from that Medieval landscape of northwestern France known as Brittany
. The name Bourdonneaux was originally derived from the family having lived in Brittany.
Early Origins of the Bourdonneaux family
The surname Bourdonneaux was first found in Brittany
, where the family held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bourdonneaux family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bourdonneaux research.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 Bourdonneaux History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bourdonneaux 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 Bourdonneaux is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Bourdon, Bourdin, Bourdine, Bourdonneau and many more.
Early Notables of the Bourdonneaux 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... Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bourdonneaux Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bourdonneaux family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Bourdonneaux has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bourdonneaux were Jacques Bourdin, who settled in Quebec in 1665; Jacques Bourdon, who arrived in Louisiana in 1755; Michael Bourdine, who arrived in New York in 1801; Jean Bourdin, who settled in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1822.