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    Surname origin.



    Perhaps a strange question but, would any member know the origins for surname Douay? Thank-you.

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    Googling the surname seems to indicate that it's French, derived from a town in the North of the country.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douay
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douai
    http://en.geneanet.org/search/?name=...A&bdd=g3_arbre
    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?...-douay+version
    http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/s...der&gsln=Douay

    Surnamedb also says that the surname was sometimes anglicized to Dewey, and that Douay or Douai is derived from the old Gaulish name, "Dous". It's also implied that it was specifically a Norman French surname, which might explain things if it occurs in Ireland or Britain.
    http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Dewey

    Hope I helped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keegah View Post
    Googling the surname seems to indicate that it's French, derived from a town in the North of the country.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douay
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douai
    http://en.geneanet.org/search/?name=...A&bdd=g3_arbre
    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?...-douay+version
    http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/s...der&gsln=Douay

    Surnamedb also says that the surname was sometimes anglicized to Dewey, and that Douay or Douai is derived from the old Gaulish name, "Dous". It's also implied that it was specifically a Norman French surname, which might explain things if it occurs in Ireland or Britain.
    http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Dewey

    Hope I helped.

    Yes Keegah that is a help thanks a lot for the listings. I had seen two of them when I googled earlier in the week and thought them a little vague but hadn`t see the others you gave, so great.

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    The distribution is very concentrated around Somme. The variant that matches the village is less common and more closely tied to the village it comes from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkey View Post
    The distribution is very concentrated around Somme. The variant that matches the village is less common and more closely tied to the village it comes from.
    Thank-you sparkey.

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