Of all the French names to come from that northwestern peninsula of France known as Brittany
, Delavallee is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Brittany
. The name Delavallee 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 Delavallee family
The surname Delavallee 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 Delavallee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delavallee research.Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1773, 1832, 1846, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Delavallee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Delavallee Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from 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 Delavallee is distinguished by a number of regional variations. 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 Delavallee 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 Delavallee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Delavallee 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. 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 Delavallee 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 Delavallee were Jean Vallée who migrated from Bourgogne to Quebec in 1761; Barthélémi-Etienne Vallée migrated to Quebec from Orléanais in 1733.