House of Burgundy / LNAB Bourgogne / Bergeron ?

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I just found out today, that I am a great granddaughter of Pedro I (Castilla) de Castilla (wikitree ID: Castilla-79), and the Bourgogne's family who belonged to House Burgundy which was later seceded by House Valois. I have searched my paternal line back to Valois, France, where my earliest known (circa late 1400's & early-mid 1500's AD) Bergeron ancestor's came from. My great grandfather's Bergeron (Bergeron-413 & Bergeron-390) were close to the royal court, served in the French Parliament and were educated men, authors of history, including a book on the House Valois:

“Le Valoys royal: extrait des mémoires de m. Nicolas Bergeron ...”

Scanned, free copy available to read on Google books:

http://books.google.fr/books?id=EjNRAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&hl=fr&source=gbs_ge_summary_r#v=onepage&q&f=false

     It occurred to me, that my surname: Bergeron is very similar sounding to Bourgogne. I am wondering if there is any way to determine a relationship between them, or if, in fact, they are the same family?  Since I do not read French fluently, I am wondering if anyone here has read this book and can confirm that the Bourgogne’s name changed to Bergeron when they moved from Spain and Portugal to France? Or any other clues as to the history between Bourgogne’s and Bergeron’s. Any info would be very much appreciated. Thank you. Yvette Bergeron

email: YBHandyOne@Gmail.com

in Genealogy Help by Yvette Bergeron G2G3 (3.4k points)
Bergeron could also stem from the term ''berge'', which means waterside, most often used in conjunction with a river.  Bergeron would be someone who lived by the riverside, which would make sense in that it reflects how many last names were created.

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Hello Yvette

Unfortunately I can't tell you anything about the Bergeron and how they might relate to Bourgogne but I can tell you a bit about the two or three Bourgogne dynasties and when they went to Castile and Portugal.

There were actually two different French families who ruled Burgundy during the medieval period.  The Comte Palatins de Bourgogne (Counts Palatine of Burgundy) and the Ducs de Bourgogne (Dukes of Burgundy) who were a branch of the royal Capet family of France.

Raymond de Bourgogne of the Counts Palatine of Burgundy, married Urraca the heiress of Castile and founded the Bourgogne line there, and Henri de Bourgogne of the Dukes of Burgundy, married Teresa, the heiress of Portugal and founded the Bourgogne line in Portugal.

Meanwhile back in France, the line of the Dukes of Burgundy eventually died out and that part of Burgundy reverted back to the French king, who by that time was from the Valois dynasty and a second line of Valois Dukes of Burgundy were started by a younger son.

John
by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (437k points)
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BOURGOGNE did not became Bergeron.          from the Brittanica

Bergeron is a surname of French origin.

The name Bergeron may be derived from the Old German word berg, meaning hill or mountain. It may also be derived from the old French berger, meaning shepherd.

Spelling variations include: Bergetron, Berger, Bergey, Bergez, Bergier, Bergeret, Bergerot, Bergereau, Bergeron, Bergerron, Bergerone, Bergeronne, Bergeronneau, Bergerat, Bergerie, Bergère, Bergière, Bergiron, Bergirone, Bergironne, le Berger, le Bergeron, de Bergeron, Leberger

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http://gilles.maillet.free.fr/histoire/genealogie_bourgogne/comte_bourgogne.htm

The History of the houses of Burgundy are very convoluted. This website is helpful for the connections between the different branches of the Kingdom, Dukedom and County of Burgundy. Also see history of the houses of the  Duchy of burgundy(Capet) and the Franche Compt (De Ivrea). The house of Castile descended to the Counts of Burgundy by marriage of Raymond of Burgundy, son of William Ct de Bourgogne and Macon. Its all on English and French Wikipedia.
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