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Where did the French Desai family come from? What is the French Desai family crest and coat of arms? When did the Desai family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Desai family history?

Noble surnames, such as Desai, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Desai, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Lorraine. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Desai family originally lived at the town of Paresse or Parez, in the Lorraine. Although one would at first assume that the name is derived from the city of Paris, evidence suggests that the names of both the town in the Lorraine and the French capital are derived from a Gaulish tribe called the Parisii.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Deshaies, Deshais, De'Hay, DeHaye, Dehaye, Dehays, Deshayes, Desaix, Desai and many more.

First found in Lorraine, where the family was first established and expanded into one of the more notable families of the region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Desai research. Another 94 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1795, 1810, and 1875 are included under the topic Early Desai History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Desai Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Susanne Deshais, who settled in Carolina in 1695; Robert Desha, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850.

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  • Anita Desai (b. 1937), Indian novelist
  • Morarji Ranchhodji Desai (b. 1896), Indian politician


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  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  6. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Desai Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Desai Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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