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Early Origins of the Duvernay family

The surname Duvernay was first found in Forez, a former province of France, now part of the modern Loire département, the Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme départements, where this eminent family held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Duvernay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duvernay research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1499, 1535, 1580, 1583, 1585, 1637, 1647, 1648, 1668, 1790, 1792, 1793 and 1815 are included under the topic Early Duvernay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duvernay Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Duvernay is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Verne, Vernes, Vernent, La Verne, La Vernes, La Vernent, Laverne, Lavernes, Lavernent, De Verne and many more.

Early Notables of the Duvernay family

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United States Duvernay migration to the United States +

Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Duvernay were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Duvernay were

Duvernay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mr. DuVernay, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
Duvernay Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Philip Duvernay, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1920
  • Marie Duvernay, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Duvernay (post 1700) +

  • Ava DuVernay, American filmmaker, marketer and film distributor from Long Beach, California
  • Pauline Duvernay (1812-1894), French dancer at the Paris Opera Ballet
  • Ludger Duvernay (1799-1852), French Canadian printer, publisher and politician born in Verchères, Quebec

  1. 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) on Facebook