Show ContentsDuppons History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French name Duppons first arose during the Medieval period in the Languedoc region. It is derived from when the family first lived in Languedoc. The name Duppons 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 Duppons family

The surname Duppons 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 Duppons family

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Duppons Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Duppons, 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 Duppons family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Duppons family

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 Duppons 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 Duppons 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 on Facebook