Defoe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Defoe family

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

Important Dates for the Defoe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Defoe research. Another 514 words (37 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 Defoe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Defoe Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Defoe family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family was Tristan II Du Faur or Dufour, Baron of Saint-Jory, Count de Bioulle de Leou, lieutenant of the Duke d'Orleans corps, colonel of the regiment of Cornette Blance, Chevalier of Saint-Louis. François Dufault or Dufaut (before 1604-ca...
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Defoe migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Defoe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Luther M. Defoe, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Mrs. Luther M. Defoe, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Daniel Defoe, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Adriand Defoe, aged 20, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1921

Defoe migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Defoe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Capt. Johannes Ernest Defoe U.E., "John, Dafoe, Dayfoot, Devoe, Diefuh, Deffu, Teffa, Thevou" (b. 1726) born in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, USA from Rensselaerwyk, Pownal, Charlotte County, New York who arrived at Fort Saint John [Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu], Quebec c. 1778 he enlisted in 1778 served in Kings Royal Rangers New York 2nd Battalion, he died in 1784 [1]
  • Mr. Abraham Defoe U.E., "Dafoe" (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 [1]
  • Mr. John Defoe U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 [1]
  • Mr. Michael Defoe U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]
  • Mr. Daniel Defoe U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1786 [1]
Defoe Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Anna M. Defoe, aged 54, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1914
  • Calvin W. Defoe, aged 51, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1923
  • Nellie Defoe, aged 40, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Defoe (post 1700)

  • Murl Holcomb DeFoe (1879-1964), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 15th District, 1919-20, 1943-46; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1936 [2]
  • Hazel Kirke DeFoe (1881-1955), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1932 [2]
  • Mr. Jermain Colin Defoe O.B.E., (b. 1982), British Footballer who plays as a striker for the Scottish Premiership club Rangers, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to the Jermain Defoe Foundation [3]
  • DeFoe Skinner, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1888 (member, Credentials Committee) [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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