Dugard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dugard family

The surname Dugard was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1275 when Richard and John Gard held Lands.

Important Dates for the Dugard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dugard research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1606, 1662, 1645 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Dugard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dugard Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Dugard are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Dugard include: Gard, Guard, Garde, Guarde and others.

Early Notables of the Dugard family (pre 1700)

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Dugard migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dugard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Dugard, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dugard (post 1700)

  • Martin Dugard (b. 1961), American author
  • Martin Robert Dugard (b. 1969), English former international motorcycle speedway rider from Worthing, West Sussex
  • Roger Martin duGard (1881-1958), French author and winner of the 1937 Nobel Prize for Literature
  • John Dugard (b. 1936), South African professor of international law, Chairman of a UN Commission on Human Rights inquiry


  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
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