Show ContentsDufraisse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Dufraisse, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Dufraisse, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Bourgoigne. 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 Dufraisse family originally lived in the village of Fresne, in the province of Bourgoigne.

Early Origins of the Dufraisse family

The surname Dufraisse was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family held a family seat in early times.

This family can be traced back to Thibaut, the lord of Fresnes, who was in the service of the duke of Burgundy with eight horsemen, in 1358. The members of this family also settled in other regions of France. One branch was formed in Fresnières, a village in the department of Oise, in the district of Compiègne, in Picardy.

Some members of the different family branches became prominent through their contributions to their respective communities. Claude de Fresne was the lord of Fresne and of Fleurey, in 1472. Among his descendents were: Étienne, a knight of Malte, the commander of Vaufranche, in Berry, during the 16th century; Chrétien, the captain of one hundred men-at-arms, who was killed during the battle at Saint-Quintin; François, the captain of Montbard; another François, a battle marshal in 1652, a captain of the Château of Montreal; and René, a sea captain, who was married in 1689. The family became even more prominent through alliances with other important families of the day, such as the Thiron, the Languet, the Chalon, the Viesse and the la Loge families.

Early History of the Dufraisse family

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Dufraisse Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lafrenière, Lafrenierre, Lafrennière, Lefrenier, Frenier, Frener, Frenet, Frenais, Frenaison, Frenois, la Fresnaye, Fresnay and many more.

Early Notables of the Dufraisse family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dufraisse family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nicolas La Frenière, who was living in Louisiana in 1706; Albert Fresne, who settled with his wife, Lidie, and his children, Albert and Albertine, in Pennsylvania in 1787.

Contemporary Notables of the name Dufraisse (post 1700) +

  • André Dufraisse (1926-2021), French five-time gold medalist cyclo-cross racer on Facebook