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Where did the French Quiller family come from? What is the French Quiller family crest and coat of arms? When did the Quiller family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Quiller family history?

In ancient France the name Quiller was first used in the region of Auvergne. It was a name for someone who lived in the departments of Cantal and Puy-de-Dme; the place-name survives in the name of the department of Aveyron, located just to the south of the historic province of Auvergne.

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Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Quiller some of which are Queuille, Queuilles, Queuile, Queuiles, Queille, Queilles, Queile, Queiles, Queuil, Queuils, Queil, Queils, Ceuil, Ceuils, Ceuile, Ceuiles, Ceuille, Ceuilles, de Queuille, la Queuille and many more.

First found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France where the family has held a family seat since early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quiller research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1500, 1563, 1669, and 1758 are included under the topic Early Quiller History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quiller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Quiller has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Quiller were

Quiller Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Quiller, who landed in New York, NY in 1832
  • Christ Elis Quiller, who arrived in America in 1842

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The Quiller Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quiller Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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