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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.
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.
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.
Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early duVal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
duVal Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
duVal Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
duVal Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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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