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Dufresne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Dufresne surname comes from the name of the village of Fresne, which was in the province of Bourgogne. During the late Middle Ages in France, as hereditary surnames began to be adopted names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread; sometimes these names could proprietorship of the village or estate.

Early Origins of the Dufresne family

The surname Dufresne was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where this family has held a family seat since ancient times. The name is derived from the Old French word for "ash" as in Ash tree from the Latin: fraxinus.

Early History of the Dufresne family

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Dufresne Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fresne, du Fresne, Frayne, du Frayne, Fresnes, Fraynes, Dufresne, Dufresnes, Dufrayne, Dufraynes, Frene, Frenes, Frane, Franes, du Frene, du Frenes, du Frane, du Franes, Dufrene, Dufrenes, Dufrane, Dufranes, Fraines, Fraine, Freyne, Freynes, Frenne, Frennes, Fresnne, Fresnnes, Fresnais, Fraigne and many more.

Early Notables of the Dufresne family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dufresne family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dufresne Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jacques DuFresne, who landed in Montreal in 1661

Contemporary Notables of the name Dufresne (post 1700)

  • Gaston Dufresne, American principal bassist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1927 to 1957
  • John Dufresne (b. 1948), American author of French Canadian descent, professor in the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program of the English Department at Florida International University
  • Armand A. DuFresne Jr., American jurist, a Judge in Lewiston, Maine
  • Isabelle Collin Dufresne (1935-2014), who used the stage name Ultra Violet, a French-born, American artist, author, and former colleague and superstar of Andy Warhol
  • Nicole duFresne (1977-2005), American playwright and actress
  • Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne (1724-1772), Breton-born, French explorer who made important discoveries in the south Indian Ocean, Tasmania and New Zealand; he was killed by Maori in 1772
  • Louis Dufresne (1752-1832), French ornithologist, taxidermist and explorer, one of the naturalists on board the Astrolabe in 1785
  • Laurent Dufresne, French footballer
  • Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne (1724-1772), French explorer
  • Sylvain Dufresne (b. 1978), Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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