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Noble surnames, such as Deshayes, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Deshayes, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Lorraine. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Deshayes family originally lived at the town of Paresse or Parez, in the Lorraine. Although one would at first assume that the name is derived from the city of Paris, evidence suggests that the names of both the town in the Lorraine and the French capital are derived from a Gaulish tribe called the Parisii.

Early Origins of the Deshayes family


The surname Deshayes was first found in Lorraine, where the family was first established and expanded into one of the more notable families of the region.

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Early History of the Deshayes family

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Early History of the Deshayes family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deshayes research.
Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1795, 1810, and 1875 are included under the topic Early Deshayes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Deshayes Spelling Variations

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Deshayes Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Deshaies, Deshais, De'Hay, DeHaye, Dehaye, Dehays, Deshayes, Desaix, Desai and many more.

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Early Notables of the Deshayes family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Deshayes family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Deshayes family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Deshayes family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Susanne Deshais, who settled in Carolina in 1695; Robert Desha, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Deshayes (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Deshayes (post 1700)


  • Gérard Paul Deshayes (1797-1875), French geologist born in Nancy, France

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