Defez History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The region of ancient France known as Auvergne, is where the name Defez was born. Defez 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, which is located in south-central France.

Early Origins of the Defez family

The surname Defez was first found in Auvergne, a historic province located in south-central France.

Early History of the Defez family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Defez research. Another 454 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1145, 1220, 1360, 1309, 1393, 1400, 1500, 1669, 1764, 1757, 1806, 1814, 1700, 1709, 1674 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Defez History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Defez Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Defez, including 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 Defez family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family was Claude-Florimond De Fay, Captain of the Ponthieu Regiment during the 1700's. Jacques de la Faye was a 17th-18th century French writer whose Defensio Religionis ('Defense of Religion') a 251-page critique of the pantheism of John Toland, was...
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Migration of the Defez family

Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Defez were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Defez 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.



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