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The French name Dupont first arose during the Medieval period in the Languedoc region. It is derived from when the family lived in Languedoc. The name Dupont is derived from the Old French word pont, which means bridge, and translates as of the bridge, indicating that the original bearer lived near a prominent bridge.


The surname Dupont was first found in Languedoc where the family held a family seat from ancient times.

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Dupont, some of which include Dupont, du Pont, Duppont, Duppon, Dupon, Dupons, Duppons, Duppond, Dupond, DuPon, DuPont, Dupen, Du Pen, du Pen, du Pons, du Pond and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dupont research. Another 432 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1490, 1640, 1791, 1808, 1810, 1812, 1830, and 1831 are included under the topic Early Dupont History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Dupont has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Dupont were

Dupont Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Claude Dupont, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1764
  • Georg Dupont, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1768
  • George Dupont settled in Philadelphia in 1768
  • George DuPont, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1768

Dupont Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Pierre Samuel DuPont, who arrived in Newport, Rhode Island in 1800
  • Joseph Dupont, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1804
  • Luis Dupont, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Bernardo Dupont, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Edmund Dupont, aged 20, settled in New Orleans in 1820
  • ...

Dupont Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Francois Dupont, who arrived in Canada in 1700
  • Pierre Dupont, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

  • Laura duPont (1949-2002), American champion singles tennis player
  • Éleuthère Irénée du Pont de Nemours (1771-1834), French-born, American chemist and industrialist who founded the gunpowder manufacturer, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • Henry duPont, American Executive, President and Owner, Sci-Tek Computer Co. In c., Greenville, Delaware
  • Charles H. DuPont, American politician, Justice of Florida State Supreme Court, 1854-68
  • C. Ory Dupont, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1948
  • Antonio Dupont, American Democrat politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Pembroke; Elected 1938
  • Alvin P. DuPont, American politician, Mayor of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2005
  • Albert M. Dupont, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1908
  • Adelard Dupont, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Nashua 7th Ward, 1948
  • A. Jerome Dupont, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 2nd District, 1968
  • ...

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    Other References

    1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
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    The Dupont Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Dupont 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.

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