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The name Degrave has a long French heritage that first began in southern region of Languedoc. The name is derived from when the family lived in Languedoc but the name could have also been derived from the Old French word "grave," which meant "gravel."

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The surname Degrave was first found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Degrave, some of which include Grave, Grève, de Grèves, Grauve, Greive, Le Grave, de Grave, Graves and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Degrave research. Another 429 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1096, 1150, 1248, 1669, 1788, 1651 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Degrave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Degrave Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, 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 Quebe c. 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 Degrave 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 Degrave were

Degrave Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfred DeGrave, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Berlaere, Belgium, in 1909
  • Maurice Degrave, aged 34, who settled in America from Calais, France, in 1909
  • Camiel Degrave, aged 39, who landed in America from Staden, Belgium, in 1910
  • Edmond DeGrave, aged 26, who landed in America from Antwerp, Belgium, in 1911
  • Iulina Degrave, aged 24, who settled in America from Meulebeke, Blegium, in 1911
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    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    6. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    7. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Degrave Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Degrave 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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