Show ContentsDupoux History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French name Dupoux first arose during the Medieval period in the Languedoc region. It is derived from when the family first lived in Languedoc. The name Dupoux is derived from the Old French word "pont", which means "bridge". "Du pont" directly translates to English as "from the bridge", indicating that the original bearer lived near a prominent bridge. [1]

Early Origins of the Dupoux family

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

This ancient family is recorded in the old archives as early as the 12th century. N. Dupont, born in 1490, is recorded as the father of Thomas and Robert Dupont. Their descendants held the positions of Royal Notary to the Marquisate and Magistrate of Fiennes for a century. Nicolas Dupont was the King's steward and in 1640 he received his letters patent confirming his nobility.

Members of this noble family took part in the wars of their times where they fought courageously for their King and country. As a reward for their services, many members were titled Knights of Malta and Captains. This family were actively involved in the events of the French Revolution and the resultant political and cultural changes.

Gilles Dupont, born in 1636, son of Guillaume and Marguerite (née Feraut), travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. He settled at Cap-de-la-Madeleine and married Françoise Michelotte, born in 1655, daughter of Michel and Marguerite (née Maistre), on 10th August 1670. [2]

Early History of the Dupoux family

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Dupoux Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Dupoux, including Dupont, du Pont, Duppont, Duppon, Dupon, Dupons, Duppons, Duppond, Dupond, DuPon, DuPont, Dupen, Du Pen, du Pen, du Pons, du Pond and many more.

Early Notables of the Dupoux family (pre 1700)

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Dupoux Ranking

In France, the name Dupoux is the 7,371st most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [3]

Migration of the Dupoux family

Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. 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 Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 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 Dupoux 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 Dupoux were Mr. or Mrs. Dupont, aged 26; who settled in New York in 1822; Edmund Dupont, aged 20; settled in New Orleans in 1820; Edmund Dupont, aged 26; settled in New York in 1820.

  1. Dauzat, Albert, Morlet, Marie-Thérèse, Dictionaire Étymologique des Noms et Prénoms de France. Paris: Librairie Larousse, 1987. Print.
  2. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
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