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This distinguished and long established surname, having no less than sixteen Coats of Arms, is of Old French origin, and is a topographical name from residence in a wood, or near a stand of trees surrounding a country manor. The derivation is from the Old French "du bois", literally "of the wood", and the surname is particularly widespread in North, Central and West France. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognizable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. In February 1546, Francois, son of Louis Dubois, was christened in Amboise, Indre-et-Loire, France...

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