Meaning and History of Dupont Surname

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The last name Dupong means "dweller by the bridge," from the Old French pont, derived from the Latin pons, meaning "bridge."

Dupont is the 5th most common surname in France.

Surname Origin: FrenchEnglish

Alternate Surname Spellings: PONT, PONTE, DE PONT, PUNT, DUPONTE

Famous People with the DUPONT Surname

  • Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours - founder of the famous American Du Pont family
  • Aimé Dupont - Belgian-born American photographer
  • Gabriel Dupont - French composer
  • Jacques-Charles Dupont de l'Eure - French lawyer and statesman
  • Pierre Dupont de l'Étang - French general of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Where is the DUPONT Surname Most Common?

According to surname distribution from Forebears, the Dupont surname is most commonly found in France, where one in every 707 people bear the name. It is also common in Belgium, where it ranks 20th, followed by French Polynesia (48th) and Luxembourg (62nd).

WorldNames PublicProfiler also identifies Dupont as most common in France, particularly in the regions of Picardie (now ​Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie), Nord-Pas-De-Calais (now ​Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie), and Basse-Normandie (now Normandy).

Genealogy Resources for the Surname DUPONT

Meanings of Common French Surnames
Uncover the meaning of your French last name with this free guide to the four types of French surnames, and the meanings and origins of common French last names.

Dupont Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Dupont family crest or coat of arms for the Dupont 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.

DUPONT Family Genealogy Forum
This free message board is focused on descendants of Dupont ancestors around the world. - DUPONT Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Dupont.

GeneaNet - Dupont Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Dupont surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Dupont Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Dupont surname from the website of Genealogy Today.


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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.

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