In 411, the Burgundian king Gundahar (or Gundicar) set up a puppet emperor, Jovinus, in cooperation with Goar, king of the Alans.
With the authority of the Gallic emperor that he controlled, Gundahar settled on the left (Roman) bank of the Rhine, between the river Lauter and the Nahe, seizing Worms, Speyer, and Strassburg.
Between the 6th and 20th centuries, the boundaries and political connections of "Burgundy" have changed frequently.
In modern times the only area still referred to as Burgundy is in France, which derives its name from the Duchy of Burgundy.
The name of this Kingdom survives in the regional appellation, Burgundy, which is a region in modern France, representing only a part of that kingdom.
Another part of the Burgundians stayed in their previous homeland in the Oder-Vistula basin and formed a contingent in Attila's Hunnic army by 451.
In the late 3rd century, the Burgundians appear on the east bank of the Rhine, confronting Roman Gaul.
This later became a component of the Frankish empire.
The Burgundians had a tradition of Scandinavian origin which finds support in place-name evidence and archaeological evidence (Stjerna) and many consider their tradition to be correct (e.g. However, by about 250 CE, the population of Bornholm had largely disappeared from the island.
Most cemeteries ceased to be used, and those that were still used had few burials (Stjerna, in Nerman 196).
Early Roman sources, such as Tacitus and Pliny the Elder, knew little concerning the Germanic peoples east of the Elbe river, or on the Baltic Sea.
Pliny (IV.28) however mentions them among the Vandalic or Eastern Germanic Germani peoples, including also the Goths.