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Where did the French Visnaw family come from? What is the French Visnaw family crest and coat of arms? When did the Visnaw family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Visnaw family history?The history of the French name Visnaw begins among the people of the province of Limousin. Visnaw was a name for someone who lived in Limousin.
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, Visnaw some of which are Vigneault, Vignault, Vignaux, Vignau, Vignaud, Vigneau and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Visnaw research. Another 102 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1789 and 1860 are included under the topic Early Visnaw History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Visnaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Visnaw 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 Visnaw were Louis-Jean Vigneau settled in Quebec in 1728 from Aunis near Bordeaux, but this is thought to be the port of embarkation, rather than his home province.
The Visnaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Visnaw 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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