The Dureau surname evolved from the Old French word "dur," meaning "hard," or "hardy." In some instances the name may have developed from the prefix "de" meaning "son of," as in de Huré becoming Duré.
Early Origins of the Dureau family
The surname Dureau was first found in Brittany
, originally Armorica in ancient times, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat
with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Dol and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. They were anciently the Lords and Counts of Auvergne and Brettagne.
Early History of the Dureau family
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Dureau Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Duré, Dure, Durat, Durate, Duret, Durel, Durelle, Durette, Durot, Dureau, D'Huré, Hurette, Hureau, Hurel and many more.
Early Notables of the Dureau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dureau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anne Durel, who arrived in Prince Edward Island in 1759; Roland Duret, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719; as well as George and Isabelle Girard Durelle, who came from La Rochelle to Canada..
Contemporary Notables of the name Dureau (post 1700)
- George Dureau (1930-2014), American artist, known for his charcoal sketches and black and white photography