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Dugay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Dugay 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 Dugay.

Early Origins of the Dugay family

The surname Dugay 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 Dugay family

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Dugay Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Dugay is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Dugas, Dugaz, Duguè, Ducas, Duguet, Dugay, Duguay, Dughet, Duguet, Duguie, Dugue, du Gas, du Guay and many more.

Early Notables of the Dugay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dugay family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dugay Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Michel-Sydrac Dugay of Brittany, who was on record in Quebec in 1665

Contemporary Notables of the name Dugay (post 1700)

  • Pamela Dugay, French movie actress
  • Philippe Dugay, French movie production manager and producer, known for his work on The Mad Monkey (1989) and Sans peur et sans reproche (1988)

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