Dehugues History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Dehugues is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of Medieval France to a region once known as Brittany (French: Bretagne). It is a name for the Germanic personal name Hugo, which itself comes from the Old German word "hug," which means "intelligence."
Early Origins of the Dehugues family
The surname Dehugues was first found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.
Throughout the centuries this ancient family expanded, developed, and grew in size and influence. By the 17th century the family was well established in the region of Languedoc and several members of this well known family were distinctive in their contribution toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. Descending from the original line of Languedoc was Noble Guillaume Hugues, who as rewarded for his large contribution in the religious affairs of the region was elevated to Archbishop of Embrun in 1612.
Along with the event of their time, members of this celebrated family pursued their belief with strong conviction for their King, crown and country and served as Gentlemen of the Chamber and Advisors of the King. The family of Languedoc knew further development and in 1695 the head of the family branch of Aix was elected Mayor. This esteemed family also had members who were responsible for the business matters of the region of Provence.
Early History of the Dehugues family
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Dehugues Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Dehugues, including Hugues, de Hugues, Hughues, Hougues, Houghues, Ugues, Huggues and many more.
Early Notables of the Dehugues family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dehugues family
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Dehugues has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Dehugues were John Hugues, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1797; John Hughes, who settled in America in 1654-1663; Lewes Hughes, who came to Barbados in 1654-1661; Margery Hughes, who settled in Nevis in 1663-1679.