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The surname Dafoe was first found in Allassac in Limousin where the family held a family seat before the 12th century with lands and estates.

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.


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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.

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

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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. Abraham Dafoe U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784


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  • Willem Dafoe (b. 1955), award-winning American film and stage actor
  • Marie M. Dafoe, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1927
  • Lemuel Grant Dafoe (1857-1946), American Republican politician, Postmaster at Alpena, Michigan, 1898-1906; Mayor of Alpena, Michigan, 1910-14; Defeated, 1914, 1916
  • Charles A. Dafoe, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Nebraska 1st District, 1940
  • Albert N. Dafoe, American Democrat politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives 5th District, 1915
  • Byron Dafoe (b. 1971), Canadian former National Hockey League goaltender
  • Colin Scott Dafoe (1909-1969), Canadian surgeon during the Second World War
  • Frances Dafoe Dafoe CM, O.Ont (b. 1929), Canadian pair skater with two World Figure Skating Championships


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  4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
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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.

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