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Dubois Name Meaning

French Walloon and English (of French Huguenot origin): topographic name with fused preposition and definite article du ‘from the’ for someone living or working in a wood (see Bois ) or a habitational name for someone from any of several places in various parts of France and in Belgium (Wallonia) named Le Bois. This is the most frequent surname in Wallonia. It is also found in the Flemish part of Belgium the Netherlands Germany and Haiti. In both England and North America it is sometimes translated into English as Wood 1 or Woods Compare Deboe Debois Deboy Duboise and Dubose .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Dubie, Bois, Dutoit, Dubas, Dupuis, Duboff, Deblois, Dubin, Duris

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Where is the Dubois family from?

You can see how Dubois families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dubois family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dubois families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 2,684 Dubois families living in Quebec. This was about 89% of all the recorded Dubois's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Dubois families in 1911.
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What did your Dubois ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur and Servante were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Dubois. 23% of Dubois men worked as a Cultivateur and 10% of Dubois women worked as a Servante. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dubois were Labourer and Cultivateur. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Cultivateur
  • Journalier
  • Farmer
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Servante
  • Couturire
  • Modiste
  • Cultivateur
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There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Dubois. For the veterans among your Dubois ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dubois lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Dubois life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Dubois in 1944 was 27, and 75 in 2004.

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