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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.

Duguay Early Origins



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.

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Duguay Spelling Variations


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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.

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Duguay Early History


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Duguay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duguay 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 Duguay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Duguay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Duguay Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. 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 arrived in Quebec in 1723 from Picardy

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Contemporary Notables of the name Duguay (post 1700)


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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

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    7. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    8. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Duguay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Duguay 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.

    This page was last modified on 2 December 2013 at 16:06.

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