Defeo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The region of ancient France known as Auvergne is where the name Defeo was born. Defeo was a name for someone who lived near a grove of beech trees. It is associated with the Auvergne region of France, on the Massíf Central in the south and center of the country.

Early Origins of the Defeo family

The surname Defeo was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France.

Important Dates for the Defeo family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Defeo research. Another 454 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1145, 1220, 1360, 1309, 1393, 1400, 1500, 1669, 1764, 1757, 1806, 1814 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Defeo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Defeo 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 Fay, Fait, Fais, Faie, Faite, Faies, Fez, Fée, Faye, De Fay, De Fait, De Fais, De Faie, De Faies, De Fez, De Fée, De Fé, Fé, De Faye and many more.

Early Notables of the Defeo family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Defeo 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 Defeo 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 Defeo were C. Fay, aged 31; settled in New York in 1823; Eugène Fay settled in Philadelphia in 1876; Gabriel Fay settled in Philadelphia in 1865; John Fay settled in Philadelphia in 1838.

Contemporary Notables of the name Defeo (post 1700)

  • Joseph DeFeo, American actor, known for his work on Dead Wrong (2015), Cuddlez (2015) and Slice (2015)
  • Mary Joan Jay DeFeo (1929-1989), American visual artist
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