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.Before clear documentary evidence begins, the Burgundians may have originally emigrated from mainland Scandinavia to the Baltic island of Bornholm, and from there to the Vistula basin, in the middle of modern Poland.The ethnonym Burgundians is commonly used in English to refer to the Burgundi (Burgundionei, Burgundiones or Burgunds) who settled in Sapaudia (Savoy), in the western Alps, during the 5th Century.
Approximately four decades later, the Burgundians appear again.
Some Burgundians also migrated westwards and settled as foederati in the Roman province of Germania Secunda along the Middle Rhine.
Other Burgundians however remained outside the empire and apparently 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.
Zosimus (1.68) reports them being defeated by the emperor Probus in 278 in Gaul. A few years later, Claudius Mamertinus mentions them along with the Alamanni, a Suebic people.