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

The prestigious surname Vallier comes from the majestic region of Dauphiné, in France. Vallier is a topographic surname, a form of hereditary surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Vallier, Valliers, Valliere, Vallieres, Valier, Valiers, Valiere, Valieres and many more.

First found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where they held a family seat and were important members of the aristocracy of that region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vallier research. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) covering the year 1789 is included under the topic Early Vallier History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Vallier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Gab Valier who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773; Pierre Vallières arrived in Quebec in 1670 from Angoumois near Bordeaux on the west coast of France, but this is thought of being the port of departure rather than his home province..

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The Vallier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vallier 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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