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- This article is about the family of Napoleon Bonaparte. There is also an article on the Argentinian paleontologist, José Bonaparte. For the Olympic medallist, see Bonaparte (horse). There have been a few people named Charles Bonaparte.
Of Corsican origin, the Bonaparte (originally Buonaparte) family is the family of Napoleon I, who was elected as first consul of France on November 10, 1799 with the help of his brother, Lucien Bonaparte, president of the Council of Five Hundred at Saint-Cloud.
Napoleon I was crowned Emperor of the French 1804-1814, 1815; the Bonaparte family also provided kings of Spain, Naples, Holland and Westphalia, and a second French Emperor, Napoleon III. Supporters of the Bonaparte family's claim to the throne of France are known as Bonapartists.
The family originally came from Florence. The first Buonaparte to move to Corsica was Francesco Buonaparte, who moved there in the 16th century, when Corsica was a Genoese possession. 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.
Following his conquest of most of Western Europe, the first Napoleon made his elder brother Joseph (1768-1844) king first of Naples and Sicily (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 Jérôme 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 Joseph (1811-1832) was created king of Rome (1811-1814) and was later styled Napoleon II by loyalists of the dynasty, though he never actually ruled as Emperor. Charles Louis Napoleon (1808-1873), son of Louis Napoleon, was president of France in 1848-1852 and emperor in 1852-1870, reigning as Napoleon III; his son, Eugene 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
- 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)
- Jérôme I (1807-1813)
- Joseph I (1808-1813)
- Elisa Bonaparte (1809-1814)
 The family tree
- Joseph (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 Charles XIV of Sweden.
- Napoléon (1769-1821) Emperor
- Lucien (Ajaccio 1775-Viterbo 1840)
- Maria-Anna or Elisa (Ajaccio 1777-near Trieste 1820), grand-duchess of Tuscany
- 5 children
- Louis, (1778 - 1846) married Hortense de Beauharnais, Napoleon's stepdaughter
- Maria Paola or Pauline (Ajaccio 1780-Florence 1825), married in 1797 to French general Charles Leclerc and later married Prince Borghese.
- Maria Annunziata or Caroline, married Joachim Murat
- Jérôme (Ajaccio 1784-Massy, Essonne,1860), King of Westphalia
- 2 children from first marriage, to Betsey Patterson of Baltimore, including:
- Jérôme Napoleon Bonaparte, married Susan May Williams
- 2 sons:
- Charles Joseph Bonaparte, U.S. Attorney General
- Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte II, married Caroline Le Roy Appleton Edgar
- 3 children from second marriage, to Catharina of Württemberg, including:
- Napoléon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte (September 9th 1822 - March 18th 1891), called Plon-Plon ∞ Marie Clothilde (1843-1911), daughter of Victor Emanuel II of Italien
- Napoléon Victor Jérôme Frédéric Bonaparte (July 18th 1862 - May 3rd 1926) ∞ Clémentine Albertine Marie Léopoldine of Belgium (1872-1955)
- Luis Bonaparte (July 16th 1864 - October 14th 1932) - russ. general
- Laetitia Bonaparte (December 20th 1866 - October 24th 1926)
- Mathilde Bonaparte, married Prince Anatole Demidoff di San Donato: no children
- Marie Bonaparte,Napoleon's great-great-grand-niece
 Current descendants
The current head of the family is the Prince Napoléon (Charles Marie Jérôme Victor Bonaparte, born 1950), great-great-grandson of Jérôme Bonaparte by his second marriage; he has a son Jean (born 1986) and a brother, Jérôme Bonaparte, (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.
 See also
- History of France
- History of Spain
- History of Italy
- History of the Netherlands
- Napoleon (disambiguation)