Deboy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the French names to come from the Languedoc of France, Deboy is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Languedoc, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Deboy family
The surname Deboy was first found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.
By the 1500's the family was well established in the region of Languedoc where several members of this prestigious family distinguished themselves through their contribution to the community in which they lived. The family, as a noble family of France, confirmed with letters of patent and heraldic cap, contributed largely to the political as well as the cultural scene of the region.
Raymond de Boyer, Lord of Lacoste and of Mailhac, had his name mentioned in 1538. In recognition of his outstanding services on the battlefield, Jehan de Boyer-Mailhac was promoted to the rank of Captain.
Another noble member of the family, François de Boyer-Mailhac, Lord of Lacoste and of Mailhac rose to the rank of Captain the army and received letters of congratulations from Louis XIII regarding his excellent services. François de Boyer-Castanet, Marquis de Tauriac, Lord of Beauvais and de La Roque, was created Baron of Roquemaure and became Lieutenant of the King of the province of Rouergue, by letters of patent of March 27, 1721. In appreciation of his contribution he was made Knight of Saint-Louis. Through the years many members of the different branches were granted titles of nobility and among them was Louis-Joseph-Eugène de Boyer-Castanet, Marquis de Tauriac, Viscount of Monclar, Lord of Castanet, Knight of Saint-Louis and Lieutenant of the King of the province of Rouergue by letters of patent of October 16, 1753.
In the 19th century, following the same tradition as their ancestors, members of this family were actively involved in the current affairs of their region and many of them received grants of lands, titles and letters of patent confirming their nobility and that of their descendants. One of them, Eugène Anne Adolphe de Boyer-Castanet, Marquis de Tauriac, was elected deputy of the Legislative Assembly, member of the "Académie des Jeux Floraux" and created Knight of the Legion of Honour. To this day, the province of Languedoc is proud to have been the ancestral seat of such a family.
Anicet Boyer, born in 1649, son of Guillaume and Marguerite (née Baillot), travelled to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Françoise Martin at Pointe-aux-Trembles on 26th February 1680. He married for the second time on 27th November 1684 to Marie Varin. They settled together in Quebec until his death on 25th April 1724. 
Important Dates for the Deboy family
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Deboy Spelling Variations
There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Boyer, Boyet, Boyay, Boyey, Boyé, Boyais, Boier, Boiaie, Boyaie, Boiay, Boiais, de Boyer, de Boyet, de Boyay, de Boyey, de Boyé, du Boyer, Du Boyer, du Boyet, du Boyay and many more.
Early Notables of the Deboy family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was François de Boyer-Castanet, Marquis de Tauriac, Lord of Beauvais; and Claude Boyer (1618-1698), a French clergyman, playwright, apologist and poet.
Abel Boyer (1667-1729), was a miscellaneous writer, born on 24 June 1667, at Castres, in Upper Languedoc, where his father, who suffered...
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Migration of the Deboy family
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Deboy has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Deboy were Stephen Boyer settled in Virginia in 1652; Andreas Boyer settled in Philadelphia in 1865; Pierre Boyer settled in Louisiana in 1757.
Contemporary Notables of the name Deboy (post 1700)
- Steven J. DeBoy Sr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for Maryland State House of Delegates District 12-A, 1998 
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