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

The noble surname duVal originated in the region of Maine, in France. duVal is a topographic surname, which is a type of hereditary surname. Topographic names were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between individuals and their homelands, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, people who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original villages, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name duVal is derived from the Old French word vallee, which means valley, and literally means of the valley.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Duval, Du Val, Duvall, Duwall, Duvalle, Duvalles, Duvale, Duvales, Du Vall, Du Valle, Du Valles, Du Vale and many more.

First found in Maine, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our duVal research. Another 375 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1791, 1800, 1809, 1810, and 1840 are included under the topic Early duVal History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early duVal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

duVal Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Jean DuVal settled in Maine in 1606
  • Mareen Duval, who landed in Maryland in 1650
  • Mareen DuVal, who arrived in Maryland in 1650

duVal Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mrs. Duval, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Claude Duval, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Jean Duval, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Claude DuVal, aged 24, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Mademoiselle Duval, who landed in Louisiana in 1719


duVal Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Michel Duval, who landed in Louisiana in 1805-1809
  • J. J. H. Duval, aged 26, settled in New Orleans in 1821
  • Eugene Duval, aged 27, settled in New York in 1822
  • John J H Duval, who landed in Mississippi in 1833
  • Malachi Duval, who arrived in New York in 1837


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  • Damon Duval (b. 1980), American professional football player in the Canadian Football League
  • David Robert Duval (b. 1971), American professional golfer and former World No. 1
  • Loïc Duval (b. 1982), French race car driver, winner of the 2009 Formula Nippon Championship
  • General Raymond-Francis Duval (1894-1955), French General Officer Commander in Chief Tunisia (1949-1955)
  • Daniel Duval (1944-2013), French film actor, director and writer
  • Clarent-Salluste-Hermycle Duval (1852-1917), Canadian doctor of medicine, inventor, engineer, organist, musician and professor
  • Charles Allen Duval (1810-1872), British portrait painter, photographer, literary critic, illustrator, and writer


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  7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
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The duVal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The duVal 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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