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The surname Dugas is generally believed to be derived from the Old French word "gast," which means "untilled" and accordingly, the original bearer must have owned unused arable land. A French family in the ancient region of Auvergne was the first to use the name Dugas.

Dugas Early Origins



The surname Dugas was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France where this distinguished family held a family seat in the seigneurie of Chassagny in the arrondisement of Beaune, in the Lyonnaise region of Auvergne.

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Dugas Spelling Variations


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Dugas Spelling Variations



Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Dugas, including Dugas, Dugaz, Duguè, Ducas, Duguet, Dugay, Duguay, Dughet, Duguet, Duguie, Dugue, du Gas, du Guay and many more.

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Dugas Early History


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Dugas Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dugas research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1615, 1675, 1789, 1673, 1736, 1615 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Dugas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dugas Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dugas Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dugas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Dugas were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Dugas were

Dugas Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Claude Dugas, who landed in Massachusetts in 1763
  • Elizabet Dugas, who arrived in South Carolina in 1763

Dugas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Dugas, who arrived in Louisiana in 1805-1809

Dugas Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Abraham Dugas, of Brittany, whose marriage to Marguerite Doucet was on record in Port Royal in 1645
  • Vincent Dugas, who arrived in Quebec in 1683 from Anjou

Dugas Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Dugas, aged 40, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Angelique Dugas, aged 22, arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Francoise Dugas, aged 22, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Joseph Dugas, aged 53, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Marguerite Dugas, aged 24, arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dugas (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dugas (post 1700)



  • Francis F. Dugas Sr., (1919-2008), American Democratic politician, Louisiana State Representative from Lafourche Parish (1956-1960)
  • Grady A. Dugas (1923-2007), American physician who invented the "Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel"
  • William Dugas, American politician, member of the Minnesota territorial House of Representatives 5th District in 1849-50
  • Augustin Joseph "Gus" Dugas (1907-1997), Canadian Major League Baseball player who played from 1930 to 1934
  • Joseph-Louis-Euclide Dugas (1861-1943), French Canadian farmer and politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Montcalm (1891-1900)
  • Martin Dugas (b. 1972), Canadian former soccer player and coach of the Edmonton Drillers (2007-2009)
  • François Octave Dugas (1852-1918), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Montcalm (1900-1909)
  • Lucien Dugas (1897-1985), Canadian educator, lawyer and politician in Quebec who represented Joliette in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec from 1927 to 1936
  • Firmin Dugas (1830-1889), French Canadian businessman and politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Montcalm (1871-1887)
  • André Dugas, Quebec lawyer, Partner with Miller Thomson LLP, Canada

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    2. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

    The Dugas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dugas Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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