The early French language of the northwestern region known as Britanny is the soil from which the many generations of the Bourjois family have grown. The name Bourjois was given to a member of the family who was a person known as a freeman. The name Bourjois is derived from the Old French word bourgeois, which in medieval times was used to refer to the free men of a town. Free-man were those whose status was between the noble classes and the serfs who were obligated to work of the feudal
estates of the lords.
Early Origins of the Bourjois family
The surname Bourjois was first found in Brittany
, where the family first originated and maintained their status as one of the more distinguished families of the region.
Early History of the Bourjois family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bourjois research.Another 517 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1437, 1507, 1711, 1666, 1671, 1663, 1808, 1809, 1810, 1811, 1620, 1700, 1851, 1927, 1920, 1857 and 1945 are included under the topic Early Bourjois History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bourjois 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 Bourjois is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Bourgeois, Bourgois, Bourgeoys, Bourgeot, Le Bourgeois, de Bourgeois, Bourjois, Bourgès, Bourgeix and many more.
Early Notables of the Bourjois family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst this name at this time was Marguerite Bourgeoys, C.N.D., (1620-1700), born in Troyes, France, she was the French foundress of the Congregation of Notre Dame
of Montreal; Charles Le Bourgeois, squire and... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bourjois Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bourjois family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bourjois. 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 Bourjois were Jeanne Trahan, who settled in Acadia in 1636; Marguerite Bourgeoys, 33; who arrived in Montreal in 1653; another Marguerite Bourgeoys, who settled in Montreal in 1659.