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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Dufour, du Four, Dufourg, Dufourc, Dufoure, Dufur, Duffour, Duffourg, Duffur, Duffoure, Dufoure, Dufaure, du Faure, DuFaur, Duffaur, Duffare, Duffure and many more.

First found in Allassac in Limousin where the family held a family seat before the 12th century with lands and estates.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dafoe research. Another 1027 words(73 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1324, 1340, 1400, 1404, 1438, 1448, 1460, 1492, 1514, 1552, 1570, and 1693 are included under the topic Early Dafoe History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dafoe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dafoe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Cpl. Abraham Dafoe U.E. (b. 1754) born in Albany County, New York, USA from Albany County, New York, USA who settled in Bath, Ernestown Township, Ontario, Upper Canada c. 1784 then Fredericksburgh Township [Greater Napanee], Cataraqui Township, Ontario he enlisted in 1777 served in Rogers Rangers, Captain Harry Ruiter's 3rd Company, General Burgoyne's Company married to Katreen Diamond c. 1776 they had 5 children, he died in 1815 Fredericksburgh, Ontario
  • Mr. Conrad Dafoe U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Daniel Dafoe U.E., "Daniel Defoe" who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. John Dafoe U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. John Dafoe U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784


  • Willem Dafoe (b. 1955), award-winning American film and stage actor
  • Frances Dafoe Dafoe CM, O.Ont (b. 1929), Canadian pair skater with two World Figure Skating Championships
  • Colin Scott Dafoe (1909-1969), Canadian surgeon during the Second World War
  • Byron Dafoe (b. 1971), Canadian former National Hockey League goaltender


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The Dafoe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dafoe 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.

This page was last modified on 18 February 2015 at 15:24.

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