Show ContentsD'avignon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious surname D'avignon comes from the majestic region of Dauphiné, in France. D'avignon is a topographic surname, a form of hereditary surname, which was 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 an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Early Origins of the D'avignon family

The surname D'avignon was first found in Dauphine.

Early History of the D'avignon family

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D'avignon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Davignon, D'Avignon, Avignon, Davigneau and many more.

Early Notables of the D'avignon family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean-Francois Davignon, an important painter in Sevres who did much work between 1807 and 1815, and who was also an able calligrapher. His name is associated with the Regnier method, which was published in 1850. After 1830 he moved to Russia, where he worked in Saint-Petersburg. Another prominent member of this lineage was Henry Davignon, born in 1846, a general in Briançon who, in the Rhine army, fought at the battles of Bourny, Saint-Privat, and was cited among the knights of Rezonville. He was taken prisoner at the surrender of Metz but managed...
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United States D'avignon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

D'avignon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louis Davignon was a doctor in America in 1837

Canada D'avignon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

D'avignon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Noël Davignon, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Jeanne Mance and Sister Judith Moreau, arriving on 12th June 1659 [1]
D'avignon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Francois Davignon was married in 1719 in Chamblay, Quebec
  • Marie-Agathe Davignon was married in 1756 in Chambaly, Quebec
  • Amable Davignon worked in St-Antoine-de-Chambly in 1761
D'avignon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Hubert Davignon was a butcher in 1851 in Longueuil
  • Alexandre Davignon was a farmer in Mystic, Quebec in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name D'avignon (post 1700) +

  • Jean Davignon (b. 1935), Canadian physician, medical researcher, and academic, Professor of the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal
  • Viscount Étienne Davignon (b. 1932), Belgian politician, businessman, and former vice-president of the European Commission

  1. Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook