DUMONT - Surname Meaning and Family History

The French surname Dumont means of the mountain.
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Dumont is a French topographical surname meaning "from the mountain," from the Old French du mont, meaning "of the mount."

Dumont is the 46th most common last name in France. Dumond is a common variant.

Surname Origin: French

Alternate Surname Spellings: DUMOND, DUMONTE, DUMONDE, DUMONTET

Famous People with the Surname Dumont

  • Alberto Santos-Dumont - Brazilian aviation pioneer
  • Eleanore Dumont - one of the first known professional blackjack players in America; known by the pseudonym "Madame Moustache"
  • Jean-François-Benjamin Dumont de Montigny - officer in the French colonial military; Louisiana historian
  • Allen Balcom DuMont - American electronics engineer, scientist and inventor
  • Gabriel Dumont - Canadian indigenous leader of the Métis people
  • Jules Dumont d'Urville - French naval officer and explorer
  • Margaret Dumont (born Daisy Juliette Baker) - American stage and film actress

Where the Dumont Surname Is Most Common

According to surname distribution from Forebears, the Dumont surname is most prevalent in France, where it ranks 57th most common in the nation, but there are more Dumonts in Belgium (ranked 40th) based on the percentage of the population. Dumont is also fairly common in other countries with French-speaking populations, such as Canada (342nd) and the Ivory Coast (432nd).

Surname maps from WorldNames PublicProfiler indicate the Dumont surname is especially common along the border of France and Belgium, including the French regions of Picardie, Haute-Normandie, and Nord-Pas-de-Calais, plus the Belgium region of Wallonie. Dumont is also somewhat common in Luxembourg, Canada, and Switzerland. As it is of French origin, Dumont is also fairly prevalent in Quebec, Canada, as well as the U.S. states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname Dumont

  • French Surname Meanings and Origins: Does your last name have origins in France? Learn about the various origins of French surnames and explore the meanings of some of the most common French last names.
  • How to Research French Ancestry: Learn about the various types of genealogical records available for researching ancestors in France and how to access them, plus how to locate where in France your ancestors originated.
  • Dumont Family Crest - It's Not What You Think: Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Dumont family crest or coat of arms for the Dumont 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.
  • DUMONT Family Genealogy Forum: Search this popular genealogy forum for the Dumont surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Dumont query.
  • FamilySearch - DUMONT Genealogy: Explore over 700,000 results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Dumont surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

References

  • Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.
  • Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.
  • Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.
  • Hanks, Patrick, and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.