Humanities › History & Culture DuBois Surname Meaning and Origin Share Flipboard Email Print simonkr / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated January 08, 2020 The ancient French surname DuBois derived from the Old French bois meaning "wood" and was a French topographical name given to a man who lived or worked in the woods, or who worked as a woodcutter. Similar in origin to the Wood surname in England and America. DUBOIS is the 8th most popular surname in France. Surname Origin: FrenchAlternate Surname Spellings: BOIS, DUBOS, DUBOST, DUBOISE, DEBOSE, DUBAIS, DUBAISE, DESBOIS, BOST, DUBOICE, DUBOYS, DUBOSC, DUBUSK Where People With the DuBois Surname Live WorldNames PublicProfiler identifies the largest population of individuals with the DuBois surname in France followed, as you might expect, by Belgium and Switzerland, and then Canada. Within France, the surname is most prevalent in the northern regions of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie, followed by the Wallonie region of Belgium. The name in France is also fairly common throughout the central part of the country, from Paris stretching north, east and west. Data from Forebears agrees, ranking DuBois as the 4th most common surname in France and 17th in Belgium. It is also prevalent in French territories and collectives such as New Caledonia and French Polynesia, as well as countries that formerly belonged to France, such as The Ivory Coast. The Dubose surname variant is most commonly found in the United States. Famous People With the Surname DuBois Allison DuBois: American psychic/mediumW.E.B. duBois: African-American writer, historian and socialistAntoine DuBois: French surgeonCharles Frédéric Dubois: Belgian naturalistLouis DuBois: Huguenot colonist in New NetherlandShirley Graham Du Bois: American writer, composer, and civil rights activist Genealogy Resources for the Surname DuBois Common French Surnames & Their Meanings: Uncover the meaning of your French last name with this free guide to French surnames meanings and origins.DuBose-DuBois DNA Project: Over 100 group members belong to this Y-DNA surname project, working together to combine DNA testing with traditional genealogy research to sort out DuBose and DuBois ancestral lines. Includes individuals with DuBoise, DuBoice, DuBoys, DuBosc, DuBusk and similar surname variants. Dubois Family Crest: Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Dubois family crest or coat of arms for the Dubois surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male-line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. DuBois Family Genealogy Forum: Search this popular genealogy forum for the Dubois surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Dubois query.FamilySearch: Access over 1.7 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Collins surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Surname & Family Mailing Lists: RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Dubois surname. You can also browse or search the list archives to explore previous postings for the Dubois surname.The DuBois Genealogy and Family Tree Page: Browse family trees and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the last name Dubois from the website of Genealogy Today. References Cottle, Basil. "Penguin Dictionary of Surnames." Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1967.Menk, Lars. "A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2005.Beider, Alexander. "A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2004.Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. "A Dictionary of Surnames." New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. "Dictionary of American Family Names." New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.Hoffman, William F. "Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings." Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society, 1993.Rymut, Kazimierz. "Nazwiska Polakow." Wroclaw: Zaklad Narodowy im. Ossolinskich - Wydawnictwo, 1991.Smith, Elsdon C. "American Surnames." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.