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

The French surname Viljoen is occupational in origin, being derived from the trade or profession pursued by the original bearer of the name. The surname Viljoen was originally an occupational name for a watchman, from the Old French "veille," from the Latin "vigilia" meaning "watch, wakefulness."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Vellon, Villon, Viljoen, Villot, Veillot, Veillet and others.

First found in the province of Poitou, where the family was well established during the Middle Ages, and held many lands and estates.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Viljoen research. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1657, 1698, and 1789 are included under the topic Early Viljoen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 24 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Viljoen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Viljoen Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Benjamin Johannes Viljoen, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Johannesburg, in 1903
  • Nannie Viljoen, aged 4, who landed in America from Rudeport, Transvaal, S. Africa, in 1912
  • Sousan Viljoen, aged 68, who emigrated to the United States from Rudeport, Transvaal, S. Africa, in 1912
  • Wynand Viljoen, aged 72, who settled in America from Rudeport, Transvaal, S. Africa, in 1912
  • Ida May Viljoen, aged 24, who landed in America from Groengen, Holland, in 1914


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