Royal house
surname =House of Bonaparte
estate =France, Italy
coat of arms =
country =Corsica, France, Italy
titles = Emperor of the French, King of Italy, King of Spain, King of Holland, King of Westphalia, King of Naples
founder =Napoleon I of France
final ruler =Napoleon III of France
current head =Disputed:
Charles Napoléon or
Jean-Christophe Napoléon
founding year =1804
dissolution =1815, 1870
nationality =Italian, Corsican, French
cadet branches =Prince Canino Line (extinct)
Prince Napoleon Line

Bonaparte is a French family name of Italian origin. Originally "Buonaparte", this family claims numerous influential descendents including Corsican Napoléon I who ruled France during the early 19th century. The Bonaparte family's descendants also include kings of Spain, Naples, Holland and Westphalia, and a second French Emperor, Napoléon III. Supporters of the Bonaparte family's claim to the throne of France are known as Bonapartists.

Buonaparte family

The Buonaparte family were from minor Italian nobility who held most of their property in the hill town of San Miniato near Florence, Italy. The Buonapartes came from a Tuscan stock of Lombard origin.

After settling in Florence the family enjoyed a relationship with the then ruling Medici family. Jacopo Buonaparte was a friend and advisor to Medici Pope Clement VII. Jacopo was also a witness to and wrote an account of the sack of Rome (1527), which is one of the most important historical documents recounting that event. [Jacopo Buonaparte: "Sac de Rome". Écrit EN 1527 par Jacques Bonaparte. Témoin oculaire, hrsgg. by Bonaparte, Napoléon Louis, Florenz 1850] Two of Jacopo's nephews, Pier-Antonio Buonaparte and Giovanni Buonaparte, however, took part in the 1527 Medici rebellion, after which they were banished from Florence and later were restored by Alessandro de' Medici. Jacopo's brother Benedetto Bounaparte maintained political neutrality. [Joshua F. Drake, "The Part-books of a Florentine Ex-Patriate: new light on Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Ms. Magl. XIX 164-7", Early Music (OUP), Vol. 33, no. 4 (Oct. 2005), pp. 639-646. [] ]

The family later broke in two branches: Buonaparte-Sarzana, "Nobili di Sarzana" had been compelled to leave Florence due to the defeat of the Ghibellines and later when Francesco Buonaparte came to Corsica in 16th century and the island was in Genoese possession.

The Buonaparte tomb lies in the Church of San Francesco in San Miniato.

Buonaparte arms

The arms of the Buonaparte family were: "Gules two bends sinister between two stars or". In 1804 Napoleon changed the arms to "Azure an imperial eagle or". The change applied to all members of his family except for his brother Lucien, and the son of Jerome's first marriage.

Napoleon I

Napoleon is the most prominent name associated with the Bonaparte family because he conquered much of the Western world during the early part of the 19th century. He was elected as first consul of France on November 10, 1799 with the help of his brother, Lucien Bonaparte, and president of the Council of Five Hundred at Saint-Cloud. He was crowned Emperor of the French and ruled from 1804-1814, 1815.

Following his conquest of most of Western Europe, the first Napoleon made his elder brother Joseph (1768-1844) king first of Naples (1806-1808) and then of Spain (1808-1813), his third brother Louis (1778-1846) king of Holland (1806-1810) (subsequently forcing his abdication after his failure to subordinate Dutch interests to those of France) and his youngest brother Jerome Bonaparte (1784-1860) king of Westphalia, the short-lived realm created from some of the states of northwestern Germany (1807-1813).

Napoleon's son Napoleon François Charles Joseph (1811-1832) was created king of Rome (1811-1814) and was later styled Napoleon II by loyalists of the dynasty, though he only ruled for two weeks after his father's abdication. Charles Louis Napoléon (1808-1873), son of Louis Napoléon, was president of France in 1848-1852 and emperor in 1852-1870, reigning as Napoléon III; his son, Eugène Bonaparte (1856-1879), styled the Prince Imperial, died fighting the Zulus in Natal, South Africa. With his death, the family lost much of its remaining political appeal, though claimants continue to assert their right to the imperial title. A political movement for Corsican independence surfaced in the 1990s which included a Bonapartist restoration in its programme.

Crowns held by the family

=Emperors of the French=

*Napoleon I (1804-1814,1815), also King of Italy (1805-1814)
*Napoleon II (1815), styled King of Rome from birth, but never reigned
*Napoleon III (1852-1870)

=Kings of Holland=

*Louis I (1806-1810)
*Louis II (1810), also Grand Duke of Berg(1809-1813)

=Kings of Naples=

*Joseph I (1806-1808)
*Joachim I (1808-1815), also Grand Duke of Berg (1806-1808)

=King of Westphalia=

*Jérôme I (1807-1813)

King of Spain

*Joseph I (1808-1813)

Grand Duchess of Tuscany

* Elisa Bonaparte (1809-1814)

The family tree

Carlo-Maria (Ajaccio 1746-Montpellier 1785) married Maria Letizia Ramolino (Ajaccio 1750 - Rome 1836) in 1764. He was a minor official in the local courts. They had eight children:

#Joseph Bonaparte (Corte 1768-Florence 1844), King of Naples and Spain, married Julie Clary, sister of Napoleon's childhood sweetheart, Désirée, who was to become the wife of General Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, the later Charles XIV of Sweden.
#*Julie Joséphine Bonaparte (1796-1796)
#*Zénaïde Laetitia Julie Bonaparte (1801-1854)
#*Charlotte Napoléone Bonaparte (1802-1839)
#Napoléon (I) Bonaparte (1769-1821) Emperor
#*Napoléon (II) François Joseph Charles Bonaparte (1811-1832) Napoléon II, son of Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria of the Habsburg dynasty
# Lucien Bonaparte (1775-1840)
#*2 daughters with first wife, Katherina Boyer
#**Christine Charlotte Bonaparte (1795-1865)
#**Victoire Gertrude Bonaparte (1797-1797)
#*10 children with second wife, Alexandrine von Bleschamps:
#*Christine Charlotte Alexandrine Egypta Bonaparte (1798-1847)
#*Charles Lucien Jules Laurent Bonaparte (1803-1857), ornithologist and politician married Princess Zénaïde Bonaparte (1801-1854)
#**Joseph Lucien Charles Napoléon Bonaparte (1824-1865)
#**Alexandrine Gertrude Zénaïde Bonaparte (1826-1828)
#**Lucien Louis Joseph Napoléon Bonaparte (1828-1895)
#**Julie Charlotte Pauline Zénaïde Laetitia Désirée Bartholomée Bonaparte (1830-1900)
#**Charlotte Honorine Joséphine Pauline Bonaparte (1832-1901)
#**Léonie Stéphanie Elise Bonaparte 1833-1839)
#**Marie Désirée Eugénie Joséphine Philomène Bonaparte (1835-1890)
#**Augusta Amélie Maximilienne Jacqueline Bonaparte (1836-1900)
#**Napoléon Charles Grégoire Jacques Philippe Bonaparte (1839-1899)
#***Zénaïde Eugénie Bonaparte (1860-1862)
#***Marie Léonie Eugénie Mathilde Jeanne Julie Zénaïde Bonaparte (1870-1947)
#***Eugénie Laetitia Barbe Caroline Lucienne Marie Jeanne Bonaparte (1872-1949)
#**Bathilde Aloïse Léonie Bonaparte (1840-1861
#**Albertine Marie Thérèse Bonaparte (1842-1842)
#**Charles Albert Bonaparte (1843-1847)
#*Laetitia Christine Bonaparte (1804-1871)
#*Joseph Lucien Bonaparte (1806-1807)
#*Jeanne Bonaparte (1807-1829)
#*Paul Marie Bonaparte (1808-1827)
#*Louis Lucien Bonaparte (1813-1891)
#*Pierre Napoleon Bonaparte (1815-1881)
#**Roland Bonaparte (1858-1924) married Marie Blanc
#***Marie Bonaparte (1882-1962)
#**Jeanne Bonaparte (1861-1910)
#*Antoine Lucien Bonaparte (1816-1877)
#*Alexandrine Marie Bonaparte (1818-1874)
#*Constance Bonaparte (1823-1876)
# Maria-Anna Elisa Bonaparte (1777-1820), grand-duchess of Tuscany married Félix Bacciochi
#Louis Bonaparte, (1778 - 1846) married Hortense de Beauharnais, Napoleon's stepdaughter
#*Napoleon Charles Bonaparte (1802-1807)
#*Napoleon Louis Bonaparte (1804-1831)
#*Charles Louis Napoléon (III) Bonaparte (1808-1873) Emperor, married Maria Eugenia Ignacia Augustina Palafox de Guzmán Portocarrero y Kirkpatrick
#**Napoleon Eugene Louis John Joseph Bonaparte (1856-1879)
#Maria Paola or Marie Pauline Bonaparte (1780-1825), married in 1797 to French general Charles Leclerc and later married Prince Borghese.
# Maria Annunziata Caroline Bonaparte (1782-1839) married Joachim Murat
#*Prince Achille Murat {1801-1847} married Catherine Willis Gray{1803-1867}Grandneice of George Washington.
#Jérôme Bonaparte (1784-1860), King of Westphalia
#*2 children from first marriage, to Betsey Patterson of Baltimore, including:
#*Jérôme Napoleon Bonaparte (1805-1870), married Susan May Williams
#**2 sons:
#**Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte II (1830-1893), married Caroline Le Roy Appleton Edgar
#***Louise-Eugénie Bonaparte (1873-1923), married in 1896 Count Adam Carl von Moltke-Huitfeld (1864-1944)
#***Jerome Napoleon Charles Bonaparte (1878-1945), married Blanche Pierce Stenbeigh: no children.
#**Charles Joseph Bonaparte (1851-1921), U.S. Attorney General married Ellen Channing Day
#*3 children from second marriage, to Catharina of Württemberg, including:
#*Jérôme Napoléon Charles Bonaparte (1814-1847)
#*Mathilde Laetitia Wilhelmine Bonaparte (1820-1904), married Prince Anatole Demidoff di San Donato: no children
#*Napoléon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte (1822-1891), called "Plon-Plon" married Princess Marie Clothilde of Savoy daughter of Victor Emmanuel II of Italy
#**Napoléon Victor Jérôme Frédéric Bonaparte (1862-1926) married Princess Clémentine of Belgium
#***Marie Clotilde Eugénie Alberte Laetitia Généviève Bonaparte (1912-1996)
#***Louis Jérôme Victor Emmanuel Léopold Marie Bonaparte (1914-1997)
#****Charles Marie Jérôme Victor Bonaparte (born 1950) married Princess Béatrice of Bourbon-Two Sicilies of the Bourbon family
#*****Caroline Marie Constance Bonaparte (born 1980)
#*****Jean-Christophe Louis Ferdinand Albéric Bonaparte (born 1986)
#****Catherine Elisabeth Albérique Marie Bonaparte (born 1950)
#****Laure Clémentine Geneviève Bonaparte (born 1952)
#****Jérôme Xavier Marie Joseph Victor Bonaparte (born 1957)
#**Napoléon Louis Joseph Jérôme Bonaparte (1864-1932) Russian general
#**Marie Laetitia Eugénie Catherine Adélaïde Bonaparte (1866-1926)

Current descendants

The headship of the family is in dispute between Charles Napoléon, born 1950, great-great-grandson of Jérôme Bonaparte by his second marriage; and his son Jean-Christophe (born 1986) who was appointed heir in the will of his grandfather Prince Louis Napoléon. The only other male member of the family is the brother of Charles, Prince Jérôme, (born 1957), unmarried. There are no remaining descendants in male line from any other of Napoleon's brothers. There are, however, numerous descendants of Napoleon's illegitimate, but recognized son Walewski from his union with Marie, Countess Walewski. Of these include the Wattier family and its union with the Bonaparte family. The later descendents were the Peschongs and Herrs. A descendant of Napoleon's sister Caroline Bonaparte is actor Rene Auberjonois.


ee also

*Kings of Germany family tree. The Bonapartes were the 14th dynasty to rule Germany and were related by marriage to all the others.
* History of France
* History of Spain
* History of Italy
* History of the Netherlands
* Napoleon (disambiguation)
*Timeline of the Napoleonic era


External links

* [ Genealogy of the Bonaparte family]

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