Welcome to the Davignon website (DavignonFamily.com & Davignon.us). This site is devoted to the history of the Davignons in the Americas.
2019 is a special year for the family as it marks the 300th anniversary of the marriage of the progenitor of the first and largest line of Davignons on the continent. François Davignon dit Beauregard married Marie-Madeleine Maillot dit Laroche on the 24th of May in 1719 at the parish of St. Joseph in the town of Chambly, Chambly County, Quebec Province, Canada. You can find more information about François and his immediate family by following the link to his page.
Although François’ family is the first and largest, there are several other important lines in the Americas. In the mid-19th century, there was another Francois Davignon who came to Boston from England, and a Jean-Denis Davignon who came to New Orleans after being displaced by the Haitian uprising. There are at least one or two smaller lines that popped up in the last century or so.
As this site develops, more information will be made available on these alternate lines. It is intended to become the definitive resource for all things Davignon. In the meantime, in addition to the page on François, there is also a timeline chart of the first five generations of his line, as well as a chart showing the Davignon patronymics down the generations. The latter shows how the spelling of the name changed, particularly during the period of migration from Canada to the US during the 19th and early 20th centuries. These charts are static at the moment, but the intent is to make them interactive as the site grows.