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

Languedoc is the region of ancient France from which the name Voysin was derived. It comes from when the family lived in Languedoc, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

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French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Voysin is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Voisins, Voisin, Voysin, Voisine, Voysins, Voisyn, Voisyns, Voycins, Voicins, Voycine, Voycins, Voicyn, Voicyns, Les Voisins, Les Voisines, Les Voisyns, Les Voycins, Les Voicyns, Les Voycins, Les Voicins, Les Voycines, Le Voisin, Le Voysin, La Voisine, Le Voisyn, Le Voicyn, La Voycine, Vesine, Vésine, Vezine, Vézine, Vézina and many more.

First found in Languedoc, where this family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Voysin research. Another 547 words(39 lines of text) covering the years 1209, 1231, 1345, 1391, 1431, 1440, 1481, 1552, 1417 and 1579 are included under the topic Early Voysin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Voysin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Voysin has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Voysin were

Voysin Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Pierre Voysin, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro fide
Motto Translation: For faith.

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

This page was last modified on 14 January 2014 at 10:51.

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