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