Of all the French names to come from that northwestern peninsula of France known as Brittany
, Chenillon is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Brittany
. The name Chenillon is also derived from the Old French word vallee, meaning valley, and indicates that the original bearer lived in a valley.
Early Origins of the Chenillon family
The surname Chenillon was first found in Brittany
where this distinguished family held a family seat
in Val, and were important members of the aristocracy of the region.
Early History of the Chenillon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chenillon research.Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1773, 1832, 1846, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Chenillon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chenillon Spelling Variations
There were a great number of spelling variations
in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Vallée, La Vallée, De Vallée, Valleau, Vallé, Valée, La Vallé, Valles, Vallès, Valley, Vallis, Valleix, Valleise and many more.
Early Notables of the Chenillon family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst this name at this time was Marin de la Vallée (1576-1655), French architect associated with the Paris Hôtel de Ville and the Luxembourg Palace; Simon de la Vallée (1590-1642), a French-born, Swedish... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chenillon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chenillon family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. 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. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Chenillon. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Chenillon were Jean Vallée who migrated from Bourgogne to Quebec in 1761; Barthélémi-Etienne Vallée migrated to Quebec from Orléanais in 1733.