Dufrenne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Noble surnames, such as Dufrenne, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Dufrenne, 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 Dufrenne family originally lived in the village of Fresne, in the province of Bourgoigne.

Early Origins of the Dufrenne family

The surname Dufrenne 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.

Important Dates for the Dufrenne family

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Dufrenne 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 Dufrenne family (pre 1700)

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Dufrenne migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dufrenne Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Dufrenne, aged 19, originally from Paris, France, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "La Gascogne" from Havre, France [1]
  • George Dufrenne, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Guiana" from Barbados, British West Indies [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dufrenne (post 1700)

  • Mikel Dufrenne (1910-1995), French philosopher and aesthetician

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Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX2Z-N3L : 6 December 2014), Charles Dufrenne, 07 Oct 1907; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New-York, ship name La Gascogne, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6LY-CY6 : 6 December 2014), George Dufrenne, 24 Sep 1921; citing departure port Barbados, British West Indies, arrival port New York, ship name Guiana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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