The surname Duguay 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 Duguay.
Early Origins of the Duguay family
The surname Duguay 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 Duguay family
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Duguay Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations
of this name, Duguay some of which are Dugas, Dugaz, Duguè, Ducas, Duguet, Dugay, Duguay, Dughet, Duguet, Duguie, Dugue, du Gas, du Guay and many more.
Early Notables of the Duguay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Duguay family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Duguay has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Duguay were
Duguay Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Raymond Duguay, aged 16, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1910
- Louis Eugene Duguay, aged 62, who emigrated to America from Nicolet, in 1914
- Jean Duguay, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1922
Duguay Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Jacques Duguay, who arrived in Canada in 1653
Duguay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Louis-Remi Duguay, who landed in Canada in 1722
- Louis-Remy Duguay, who arrived in Quebec in 1723 from Picardy
Contemporary Notables of the name Duguay (post 1700)
- Christian Duguay (b. 1970), American comic actor
- Calixte Duguay (b. 1939), multi-disciplinarian Canadian Artist
- Joseph-Nestor Duguay (1846-1907), Canadian businessman and political figure in Quebec
- Normand Duguay (b. 1941), former Canadian politician
- Léo Duguay (b. 1944), Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons
- Joseph Duguay (1816-1891), Quebec merchant and political figure
- Raôul Duguay (b. 1939), Canadian artist, poet, musician, and political activist
- Christian Duguay (b. 1957), Canadian director
- Roger Duguay, former Canadian politician and Roman Catholic priest
- Ronald Duguay (b. 1957), retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach