Duval History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The noble surname Duval originated in the region of Maine, in France. Duval is a topographic surname, which is a type of hereditary surname. Topographic names were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between individuals and their homelands, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, people who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original villages, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Duval is derived from the French word "vallée," which means "valley," and literally means "of the valley."

Early Origins of the Duval family

The surname Duval was first found in Maine, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Many members of this family were deeply involved in the events of the times, including the French Revolution. Charles François Marie Duval, a Lawyer, was elected to the Legislature in 1791 as a Deputy of Ille-et-Vilaine, later he became a member of the Convention where he was opposing Robespierre. Charles founded the "Journal des Hommes Libres" and under the Empire he was named Chief of the Office of General Administration.

Another distinctive member at this time, Jean Maurice Duval, Baron, began his career as an Auditor for the State Council in 1809 and in 1810 he became a Prefect. He carried out his duties aggressively and in 1840 he was made a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour. During the late 1800's, Émile-Victor Duval, the General, was the Military Chief of Paris. He was unsuccessful in fighting a "versaillaise" army at Châtillon and as a result, was captured and later killed on the order of Vinoy.

Pierre Duval, born in 1604, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. He settled in Quebec with his wife, Jeanne Labarbe, born in 1605, and their six children. Four of their children passed away while they were living in Quebec. Two of his sons, Pierre and Romain, drowned, Marin was shot, and the fourth died in a fire at île d'Orléans in 1663. [1]

Early History of the Duval family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duval research. Another 29 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1791, 1800, 1809, 1810, and 1840 are included under the topic Early Duval History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duval Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Duval, Du Val, Duvall, Duwall, Duvalle, Duvalles, Duvale, Duvales, Du Vall, Du Valle, Du Valles, Du Vale and many more.

Early Notables of the Duval family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was General Émile-Victor Duval; and Pierre Duval (1618-1683), a French geographer from Abbeville. Claude Duval (1643-1670), was and English highwayman, born of poor parents at Domfront, Normandy, in 1643. "A report which was current during his lifetime, that he was the son of a cook in Smock Alley, Without Bishopsgate, is sufficiently discredited. At the age of fourteen he was sent to Paris, where he remained in service till the Restoration, when he came to England in attendance on the Duke of Richmond. It was not...
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United States Duval migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Duval Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jean DuVal, who settled in Maine in 1606
  • Mareen Duval, who landed in Maryland in 1650 [2]
  • Mareen DuVal, who arrived in Maryland in 1650 [2]
Duval Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Duval, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [2]
  • Jean Duval, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [2]
  • Claude Duval, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [2]
  • Claude DuVal, aged 24, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
  • Charles Duval, aged 24, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Duval Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michel Duval, who landed in Louisiana in 1805-1809 [2]
  • J. J. H. Duval, aged 26, settled in New Orleans in 1821
  • Eugene Duval, aged 27, settled in New York in 1822
  • John J H Duval, who landed in Mississippi in 1833 [2]
  • Malachi Duval, who arrived in New York in 1837 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Duval migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Duval Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Nicolas Duval, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Nicolas DuVal, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Pierre Duval, son of Pierre and Jeanne, who married Marie Jamare, daughter of André and Marie, in Quebec on 30th July 1656 [3]
  • Suzanne Duval, aged 18, who arrived in Canada in 1657
  • Miss Suzanne Duval, French settler travelling to Canada to work for François Peron, arriving on 10th April 1657 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Duval Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Claude Duval, son of Claude and Madeleine, who married Charlotte Harlay, daughter of Charles and Marie, in Quebec on 23rd February 1716 [3]
  • Pierre Duval, son of Borromée and Madeleine, who married Marie-Anne Legris, daughter of Jean and Geneviève, in Quebec on 22nd June 1716 [3]
  • Marc-Antoine Duval, son of Jean and Marie, who married Marie-Renée Celles, daughter of Lambert and Anne, in Varennes, Quebec on 6th May 1726 [3]
  • Jean Duval, son of François and Marie-Anne, who married Marie-Anne Fortin, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Gertrude, in Islet, Quebec on 21st November 1729 [3]
  • Augustin Duval, son of François and Marie-Anne, who married Geneviève Leclerc, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Madeleine, in Islet, Quebec on 7th January 1730 [3]
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Duval Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Peter Duval, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829

Australia Duval migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Duval Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Duval, aged 42, a sailor, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena" [5]
  • Caroline Duval, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena" [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Duval (post 1700) +

  • David Robert Duval (b. 1971), American professional golfer and former World No. 1
  • Damon Duval (b. 1980), American professional football player in the Canadian Football League
  • James P. Duval, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wood County, 1923-26 [6]
  • Isaac Harding Duval (1824-1902), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 1st District, 1866-67; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 1st District, 1869-71 [6]
  • Frank Duval, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 35th District, 1965 [6]
  • Felix C. Duval, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1928 [6]
  • Clive L. II DuVal, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 32nd District, 1976-79 [6]
  • Candace E. Duval, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 21st District, 2012 [6]
  • Benjamin F. DuVal, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1884, 1888 [6]
  • Amy J. Duval, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [6]
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  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  5. ^ South Australian Register Friday 26th August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Magdalena 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/magdalena1853.shtml
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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