Deon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The region of ancient France known as Auvergne is where the name Deon was born. Deon was a name for someone who lived in Dienne in Auvergne, a medieval French province on the Massíf Central in the south central part of France. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have come from Dionne, in Burgundy. [2]

Early Origins of the Deon family

The surname Deon was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France where this renowned family has held a family seat since ancient times.

By the 17th century, this family were well established in Auvergne and several members of the family were distinctive through their contributions to the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. In the 19th century, this honoured family was represented by Count Louis-Edouard-Marie-Hippolyte de Dienne, who was the ancient Flag Lieutenant to Admiral Montaignan.

Antoine Dionne, born in 1641, married Catherine Yvory, born in 1644, in 1660. They settled together on a farm in Sainte-Famille, Quebec, where they had their twelve children. Most of their children eventually settled in Kamouraska and have many ancestors in Canada. [3]

Early History of the Deon family

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Deon 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 Deon, including Dionne, de Dion, Dion, Dienne, Dione, Diones, de Dionne, de Dienne, Deonne, Dienn, Diennes, Dienes, Dyone, Dyones, Deon, Deons, Deonns, Dyons, Dyon, Dyonne, Dyonnes and many more.

Early Notables of the Deon family (pre 1700)

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United States Deon migration to the United States +

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 Deon were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Deon were

Deon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Marie L. Deon, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1895
  • Celina Deon, aged 7, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Desiri Deon, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • Felicien Deon, aged 6, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • Zoe Deon, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1896
Deon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bertha Deon, aged 0, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Jeanne Deon, aged 18, who immigrated to America from Paris, in 1904
  • Jrma Deon, aged 11, who landed in America from Paris, in 1904
  • Louis Deon, aged 47, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, in 1904
  • Dominique Deon, aged 34, who settled in America from Paris, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Deon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deon Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Luxine Deon, aged 29, who immigrated to Pubnico, N. S., Canada, in 1924
  • Robert Deon, aged 56, who immigrated to Pubnico, N. S., Canada, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Deon (post 1700) +

  • Michel Déon (b. 1919), French writer who belonged to the literary group of the Hussards
  • Murphy Deon (b. 1986), Canadian football wide receiver
  • Dwight DEon (b. 1978), Canadian singer/song writer
  • Kimberley Jan "Kim" DEon, Canadian television personality
  • Jeffery Deon Estus (1956-2021), American musician and singer, best known as the bass player of Wham! and as the bassist on George Michael's first two solo projects
  • Marquis Deon Grissom (b. 1967), American former Major League Baseball player
  • DeMarcus Deon Corley (b. 1974), American professional boxer who held the WBO junior welterweight title from 2001 to 2003
  • Tyler Deon Honeycutt (b. 1990), American professional basketball player
  • Antonio Deon Tarver (b. 1968), American professional boxer nicknamed the "Magic Man" from Orlando, Florida
  • Deon Lendore (1992-2022), Trinidadian five-time silver and bronze medalist sprinter who specialized in the 400 metres

The Deon Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina
Motto Translation: Lord, my God, assist me now

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print on Facebook
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