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

Early Origins of the Bourdonnec family

The surname Bourdonnec was first found in Brittany (French: Bretagne), where the family held a family seat from ancient times.

The family first established itself as an important participant in the cultural and political events of the region in 1175. Eon Bourdin, an archer, was first registered in 1420 for his involvement in the liberation of an imprisoned duke. The family continued to prosper and eventually branched out into Normandy. The family line of Bourdon de La Croix was registered in the region both in 1423 and in 1535. Several members of the Bourdon family were subjects of the King's court at Alençon in the 17th century. Claude Bourdon, a squire and the Lord of Gruchy, was also a political adviser in Caen in 1700.

Jacques Bourdon, born in 1650, son of Jean and Magloire of St.Godard in Rouen, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Marie Menard, daughter of Jacques and Catherine, at Boucherville on 8th February 1672. [1]

Early History of the Bourdonnec family

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Bourdonnec Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Bourdonnec some of which are Bourdon, Bourdin, Bourdine, Bourdonneau and many more.

Early Notables of the Bourdonnec 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, also known as Bourdon de l'Oise, a French revolutionary...
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Migration of the Bourdonnec family

In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Bourdonnec were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bourdonnec 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.

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print on Facebook