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 The Dubois Coat of Arms

       Illustration on left was drawn by a heraldic artist from information officially recorded in ancient heraldic archives.  Documentation for the Dubois Coat of Arms design can be found in Rietstap Armorial General.  Heraldic artists of old developed their own unique language to describe an individual Coat of Arms.  In their language the Arms (shield) is as follows:

'D'arg. au lion de sa."

        When translated the blazon also describes the original colors of the Dubois Arms as it appeared centuries ago.  Family mottos are believed to have originated as battle cries in medieval times.  A Motto was not recorded with this Dubois Coat of Arms.  Individual surnames originated for the purpose of more specific identification.  The four primary sources for second names were: occupation, location father's name, or personal characteristics.  The surname Dubois appears to be locational in origin and is believed to be associated with the French meaning "dweller near the woods."  The name has been translated to "Woods" in the United States.  Different spellings of the same original surname are a common occurrence.  Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable spelling variations of Dubois to be Debois .  Although bearers of the old and distinguished Dubois
name comprise a small fraction of the population; there are a number who have established for it a significant place in history.  They Include:  PIERRE DUBOIS (c. 1250-c. 1320) French lawyer and political pamphleteer In the reign of Philip the Fair.  His most important treatise, "Do Recuperatione Terre Sancte," while ostensibly outlining the conditions for a successful crusade, actually dealt with a wide range of political issues.  GUILLAUME DuBOIS (1656-1723) French Cardinal, the leading Minister of the Regent "Philippe, duc d'Orleans", and the architect of the Anglo-French alliances of 1716.   His reward for his diplomacy came when he was admitted official member of the French Council of Foreign Affairs.  JEAN AT0INE DUBOIS (1765-1848) French  Roman Catholic missionary in India.  He was ordained in 1792, and sailed for India that year under "Missions Etrangeres."  Despite many efforts his missions failed and he returned to Paris and translated the "Panchatartia" and Description of the Character, Manners, and Customs of the People of India" Into French.  No genealogical representation Is Intended or Implied by this report and It does not represent Individual lineage or family tree.


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