Jourdain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Jourdain family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northwestern France, to a region known as Brittany. It is derived from the family living in Brittany.

Early Origins of the Jourdain family

The surname Jourdain was first found in Brittany, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Jourdain family

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Jourdain 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, Jourdain some of which are Jourdan, Jordan, Jourdain, Jordain, Jourdaine, Jordaine, Jourde, Jorde, Jourdaneau, Jordaneau, Jourdanot, Jordanot, Jourdeneau, Jordeneau, Jourdenot, Jordenot, Jourdanet, Jordanet, Jourdenet, Jordenet, Jourdaney, Jordaney, Jourdeney, Jordeney, Jourdin, Jordin, Jourdon, Jordon, Jourdeau, Jordeau, Jourda, Denon, Denoncourt, Denonfoux, Denonville, Denet, Denot, Deneau, Danon, Danot and many more.

Early Notables of the Jourdain family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst this name at this time was Dominique Vivant Denon (1747-1825), an engraver, a diplomat, the director general of the Napoleon Museum, a knight of the Empire and a baron...
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Jourdain Ranking

In Quebec, Canada, the name Jourdain is the 910th most popular surname. [1] However, in France, the name Jourdain is ranked the 417th most popular surname with an estimated 10,210 people with that name. [2]

United States Jourdain migration to the United States +

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 Jourdain were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Jourdain were

Jourdain Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Silvanus Jourdain, who landed in Bermuda in 1609-1610 [3]
  • Silvester Jourdain, who arrived in Virginia in 1609-1610 [3]
  • Jean Jourdain, who landed in Maryland in 1666-1750 [3]
Jourdain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Jourdain, age 58, who settled in Louisiana in 1719

Canada Jourdain migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jourdain Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Charles Jourdain, (b. 1602), aged 40, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 16th April 1642 [4]
  • Guillaume Jourdain, son of Hilaire and Anne, who married Jeanne Constantin, daughter of Guillaume and Jeanne, in Quebec on 18th April 1678 [5]
  • Antoine Jourdain, son of Pierre and Antoinette, who married Marie-Anne Billy, daughter of Jean-François and Catherine-Marguerite, in Champlain, Quebec on 3rd June 1688 [5]
  • Joseph Jourdain, son of Claude and Marie, who married Madeleine Joubert, daughter of Jacques and Madeleine, in Lachine, Quebec on 30th May 1688 [5]
  • Denis Jourdain, son of Paul and Marie, who married Marie-Madeleine Fagot, daughter of Guillaume and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 6th November 1696 [5]
Jourdain Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Jourdain, son of Daniel and Marguerite, who married Anne Fontaine, daughter of Louis and Marie-Madeleine, in Quebec on 24th April 1702 [5]
  • Pierre Jourdain, son of Pierre and Catherine, who married Marie Crète, daughter of Jean and Marguerite, in Quebec on 9th January 1706 [5]
  • Guillaume-Alexandre Jourdain, son of Guillaume and Jeanne, who married Angélique Roy, daughter of Yves and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 24th November 1709 [5]
  • François Jourdain, son of Charles and Catherine, who married Geneviève Benoit, daughter of Etienne and Nicole, in Montreal, Quebec on 7th January 1712 [5]
  • Louis Jourdain, son of Jean and Michelle, who married Barbe Boucher, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Lévis, Quebec on 8th February 1712 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Jourdain (post 1700) +

  • Theodore Jourdain, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Princeton, Virginia, 1839-40 [6]
  • Roger Jourdain, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1984 [6]
  • Kevin A. Jourdain (b. 1972), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 2004, 2008 [6]

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  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from
  5. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook