Villier was originally a name given to a person that planted, or primarily worked with, a plant called "vrilles", or in English, "tendril" CITATION[CLOSE]
Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
Early Origins of the De villiers family
The surname De villiers was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where this noted family has been traced from ancient times.
Several members contributed greatly to the arts and literature of France. Pierre de Villiers (1648-1728) was a preacher and a poet whose most famous project "L'art de prêcher" was published in 1682. Cosme de Villiers (1683-1758), a friar, was a noted scholar. Pierre Villiers (1760-1849) was a dramatic author.
The family grew and branched to other regions in France, where a good number of Lords came from families through marriage.
Early History of the De villiers family
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De villiers Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Villiers, Villier, Viliers, Vilier, Viliais, Villiais, Villiez, Viliez, Villié, Vilié, Villiée, Viliée and many more.
Early Notables of the De villiers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the De villiers family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: M.C. Villiers, at age 70; settled in New Orleans with his son, aged 25; in 1823; A. Villiers settled in New Orleans in 1822.
Contemporary Notables of the name De villiers (post 1700)
- Viscount Philippe Le Jolis de Villiers de Saintigno (b. 1949), French entrepreneur, politician and novelist
- André-Jean-François-Marie Brochant de Villiers (1772-1840), French mineralogist and geologist
- Abraham de Villiers, French Huguenot settler to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and later owned of one the oldest wine estates in the Cape, Boschendal
- Pieter de Villiers (b. 1972), retired South African-born French rugby union footballer
- Claude Germain Louis Devilliers, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 27) Claude Devilliers. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- Jacquez Charl de Villiers (1928-2018), known as Kay de Villiers, a South African neurosurgeon
- Jean de Villiers (b. 1981), South African rugby union footballer
- Abraham Benjamin "AB" de Villiers (b. 1984), South African cricketer who captains the South African Test
- Cornelius Johannes du Preez "CJ" de Villiers (b. 1986), South African cricketer
- Alexander Charles de Villiers (b. 1940), 4th Baron de Villiers, South African peer
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The De villiers Motto
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: La main a l'oeuvre
Motto Translation: The hand work