The surname Dugaw 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 Dugaw.
Early Origins of the Dugaw family
The surname Dugaw 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.
Early History of the Dugaw family
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Dugaw Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations
of the name Dugaw, some of which include Dugas, Dugaz, Duguè, Ducas, Duguet, Dugay, Duguay, Dughet, Duguet, Duguie, Dugue, du Gas, du Guay and many more.
Early Notables of the Dugaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dugaw family to the New World and Oceana
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Dugaw has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Dugaw were Abraham Dugas, of Brittany
, whose marriage to Marguerite Doucet was on record in Port Royal in 1645; Michel-Sydrac Dugay of Brittany, who was on record in Quebec in 1665.