Hi all, please excuse me for my ignorance but I'm just picking up the search for the origin of the name, which seems to be Dauphin.
I'm working back from Alsace or Doubs, France, where Jean Dauphinee was born. Jean who came to Nova Scotia from Montbeliard in 1752 on the Speedwell(leaving Rotterdam, Holland) is my ancestor. While searching the ship's records, I also found the name David Dauphine but I know of no reference to a brother of Jean in Nova Scotia.
Jean Frederick Dauphinee and Marie Anne LeJeune are my line.
I understand the Dauphinee family was Protestant for a time but my ggg grandfather Jean Duffney must have converted to RC when he married in Newfoundland. Our family has been Roman Catholic since then.
The surname has taken many forms in Newfoundland, Canada as there were both English and French priests who did not record the name on records as it was originally spelt-therefore, you can find someone named Duffney, Duphney, Duffenais or Duphenais within the same family. I have even seen my great grandfather's name recorded as Duffenies in a census record here.
I would like to know as much as I can on our family's history.
Where did the name come from?
Any help would be appreciated
granddaughter of Reginald Duffenais