Berengar ll, of Neustria

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Berengar ll, of Neustria

Also Known As: "Berengar de Neustrie", "Berengar of Rennes", "Berenguer of Bayeux"
Birthplace: Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France
Death: before 931
Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France
Immediate Family:

Husband of daughter of Gurwent
Father of daughter of Berenguer

Occupation: the Count of Bayeux and Rennes and Margrave of the Breton March, count
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About Berengar ll, of Neustria

Parentage unknown. Not the same as Berenger, comte de Bayeux (probably). His wife is said to have been the daughter of Gurwent [Gurvand], duc de Bretagne. Proposed as father of Poppa of Bayeux.

Berengar II (died 896) [??] was the Count of Bayeux and Rennes and Margrave of the Breton March from 886 until his death a decade later.

Gurwent & his wife had [two] children:

b. [daughter . The primary source which confirms her parentage and marriage has not yet been identified. Borderie suggests that Judicael Comte de Rennes was the grandson of Duke Gurwent, but he does not cite any primary source which supports his reasoning[58]. m BERENGER Comte, son of ---. 889/before 931.]


BERENGER, son of --- . Comte. 889/before 931. Guillaume of Jumièges records that Charles III "le Simple" King of the West Franks granted "terram maritimam ab Eptæ flumine usque ad Britannicos limites" together with "sua filia...Gisla" to Rollo who renounced his campaigns, that the king added "tota Britannia" and that “ipsius provinciæ principibus Berengerio atque Alanno” swore allegiance to Rollo[523].

m [--- de Bretagne, daughter of GURWENT [Gurvand] Duke of Brittany & his wife ---]. The primary source which confirms her parentage and marriage has not yet been identified. Borderie suggests that Judicael Comte de Rennes was the grandson of Duke Gurwent, but he does not cite any primary source which supports his reasoning[524].

Comte Bérenger & his wife had one son:

1. JUDICAËL [Juhael] (-[970]). m GERBERGE, daughter of --. ..


While the identification of Poppa of Bayeux may be uncertain, many reputable genealogists continue to name her."82


James Allen Stevens in his webpages citing post in SGM:

"David Geen, Editor of "The American Genealogist postd to GEN-MEDIEVAL on 12/09/99 that . "Katherine Keats-Rohan, in her article article on "Poppa of Bayeux and Her Family" in the 75th-anniversary issue of TAG (July-October 1997). . . accepts, as I think do most scholars, the early identification of Poppa's father as Berengar, marquis of Neustria. She then works with the hypothesis that Poppa's name indicates descent from the Popponen, a dynastic family that tended to bestow the name "Poppo" on the second (or at least not the eldest) son. She proposes that Poppa was a granddaughter of Heinrich of Thuringia and his wife Ingeltrude, daughter of Louis the Pious [RIN 1212], which would give this family a Carolingian descent; Heinrich was a brother of Poppo II. She suggests two hypotheses for the connection between Heinrich and Poppa: Either Berengar of or his wife Adalind was a child of Heinrich. . Later commentary on the Popponen, with pedigree charts, appears in Donald C. Jackman's _Criticism and Critique: Sidelights on the _ (Oxford, 1997), the first (and currently the only) volume in a major series entitled _Prosopographica et Genealogica_, edited by K. S. B. Keats-Rohan and Christian Settipani." "14

From: Gordon Fisher SGM:

"Most ancestries for Poppa, wife of Rollo, list Beranger, Count of Bayeaux as her father, and do not identify her mother or any further ancestry for Beranger. This includes Moriarty, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 11; Weis, Ancestral Roots [121E-18]; Winkhaus, "Normandie," p. 133; Europaische Stammtafeln, ii, 79; Turton, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 6; Stuart, Royalty for Commoners [166-35]; Joannis & Saint-Jouan, i, 4.



Little is known about his family. Certain or almost certain facts concerning him are:
One theory gives him a daughter Poppa , known as from Bayeux , who was kidnapped by the Normans around 892 and married to one of their chiefs, Rollo , the future count of Rouen . They will be the ancestors of the ducal house of Normandy.

This name of Poppa is to be compared to the count of Grabfeld Poppon II, Germanic duke of the Popponian family , and brother of the Marquis Henri , the predecessor of Bérenger. Bérenger is considered to be either a son or a son-in-law of Henri.

chronicler Dudon de Saint-Quentin presents Count Bernard de Senlis 2 as the maternal uncle of Guillaume Longue-Épée , son of Rollo and Poppa.

From these different facts, two hypotheses were put forward:

Assumption 1: Berenger's son Henry

In this case, to explain his first name, as well as the choice of his person for the Marquisate of Neustria, he would be the grandson of Gebhard de Lahngau, and therefore the son or nephew of Bérenger , who was briefly Marquis of Neustria. His wife is therefore a daughter of Henri , Marquis de Neustrie, and Ingeltrude de Frioul.

This hypothesis, the oldest, poses the problem of the relationship between Guillaume Longue-Épée and Bernard de Senlis, because the latter is also presented as a son of Guy de Senlis, and his mother is probably from the house of Vermandois. He actually only has a distant family link (first cousin) with Poppa. The explanation given is that Berenger, monopolized by his defenses against the Normans, entrusted him to his parents, the counts of Senlis, who would have raised him in their home.

Assumption 2: Bérenger is the son of Henry

Recently, another hypothesis was formulated on the premise that the name was carried by Berenger Berenger I first king of Italy, Emperor, and brother of Marquis Henri Berenger would be son of Henry and Marquis of Ingeltrude Friuli, sister Berenger I er , and would have just succeeded his father in his honor it . As a result, nothing prevents proposing Poppa's mother as an issue of the house of Vermandois , married first to Bérenger and second to Guy, Count of Senlis.

Children [unconfirmed]

From his unknown wife (some propose the first names of Cunégonde or Adèle for onomastic reasons), he had:

  • certainly Poppa de Bayeux , kidnapped then married more danico to Rollo .
  • probably a girl married to a count of Rennes, and mother of Juhel Bérenger , count of Rennes
  • probably Wendigarde, married to Udalrich, count of Linzgau and Thurgau, mother of Bérenger, count of Thurgau, and of Burkhard, abbot of Saint-Gall.


  • Berengar is speculated to have married the daughter of Gurvand, Duke of Brittany, by which relationship he attained the countship of Rennes. This would make him brother-in-law of Judicael, Duke of Brittany. He is thought to be the Berengar of Bayeux whose daughter Poppa was captured in a raid and married to Rollo of Normandy. Various reconstructions make him father, grandfather, or great-grandfather of Judicael Berengar, later Count of Rennes.
  • Occupation: Count of Bayeux and Rennes and Margrave of the Breton March. Per Wikipedia: Berengar was named for Berengar I of Neustria, but was most likely the son of Henry of Franconia, himself a member of the Senior Capets through the Babenberg lineage. He is likely to have been Henry's son because :(1) Berengar named his daughter the feminine form of Poppo, a name common among the Babenbergs; and (2) the main Capetian branch had traditionally held the Breton March. Of course, this is all theoretical... Married a daughter of Gurwant de Rennes.
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Berengar ll, of Neustria's Timeline

Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France
Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France