Bourgeat History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Bourgeat has been included within French history since the early portion of the Middle Ages. This Languedoc name is derived from a maker of wooden bowls and dishes which is derived from the Old French word "bolle", which means "bowl".
Early Origins of the Bourgeat family
The surname Bourgeat was first found in Languedoc, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.
The family is said to have had members who were respected in their community and among them was Jean-François-Pascal-Henri who was named Knight of Malta as a reward for his courageous conduct during the Crusades and also became Lieutenant in the regiment of Aunis. Other members were known to have participated actively in the events of their times and were granted titles as was Armand-Ferdinand-Bernard-Michel du Bourg, Knight of Malta, Deputy of Haute-Garonne and Knight of the Legion of Honour in the 18th century.
The Bourg family was considered as an honorable and esteemed family and to this day several French provinces are proud to have been the ancestral home for such a family.
Early History of the Bourgeat family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bourgeat research. Another 250 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1276, 1300, 1535, 1669, 1691, 1678, 1742, 1671, 1760 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Bourgeat History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bourgeat Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from 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 Bourgeat is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Bourg, Bourge, Bourgue, Bourges, Bourgues, Bourgg, Burg, Burge, Burgue, Burges, Burgues, Borg, Borge, Borgue, Borgues, de Bourg, de Bourge, de Bourgue, de la Bourg, de la Bourgue, de la Bourge, De Bourg, du Bourg, Bourgeat, Bourgeix, Bourgeault and many more.
Early Notables of the Bourgeat family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Emmanuel du Bourg, Knight, Marquis of Bozas in Vivarais.
Louis Bourguet (1678-1742) was a French polymath and correspondent of Leibniz who wrote on archaeology, geology, philosophy, Biblical scholarship and mathematics.
Alexandre Bourg dit Belle-Humeur (1671-1760) was a notary and...
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In France, the name Bourgeat is the 7,965th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. 
Migration of the Bourgeat family
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived 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 migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Bourgeat. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bourgeat were Jean-Baptiste Bourg, who married Angé lique Becquet in 1722 in Québec; as well as Joseph Bourg, who married Madeleine Blanchard in Québec in 1744..
Contemporary Notables of the name Bourgeat (post 1700) +
- Jérôme-Dominique Bourgeat, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
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