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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.

Early History of the Dugard family

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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)

Distinguished members of the family include William Dugard, or Du Gard, (1606-1662), English schoolmaster and printer who printed many important documents and propaganda, first in support of Charles I and later of Oliver Cromwell. He was the son of the Rev. Henry Dugard and was born at the Hodges, Bromsgrove...
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Australia 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
  • Mr. John Dugard, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 8th April 1821, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • John Dugard, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [2]

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
  • Richard Dugard Grainger (1801-1865), English anatomist and physiologist, younger son of Edward Grainger, surgeon, born in Birmingham [3]

The Dugard Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th March 2021). Retrieved from
  2. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook