The surname Duguie 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 Duguie.
Early Origins of the Duguie family
The surname Duguie 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 Duguie family
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Duguie 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, Duguie 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 Duguie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Duguie 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 Duguie 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 Duguie 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.