The noble surname Duville originated in the region of Maine, in France. Duville 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 Duville is derived from the Old French word vallee, which means valley, and literally means of the valley.
Early Origins of the Duville family
The surname Duville was first found in Maine, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Duville family
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Duville 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 Duville family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Duville family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Daniel Duva, who settled in Philadelphia in 1749; Charles Duval settled in Louisiana in 1719; Eugene Duval, aged 27; settled in New York in 1822; J. J. H. Duval, aged 26.