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
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... Another 163 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early D'avignon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the D'avignon family to the New World and Oceana
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
D'avignon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Noel Davignon, who landed in Montreal in 1659
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