La Valette History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the La Valette family

The surname La Valette was first found in Languedoc where this distinguished family held a family seat at Viesamp-Pern, and were members of the ruling aristocracy of that region. This main stem branched to Vivarais, Perigord, Quercy, Rouergue, and Auvergne, and would emerge as the Marquis de la Valette Chabrioul.

This prolific aristocratic family also branched to the north to Brittany at Rivière, and Normandy. The Counts and Dukes of Valette were not of this name, but the Marquis was a Valette. Notable in the family were: Jean Parisot La Valette, Band master of the Order of Malta, 1494-1568; Bernard La Valette, a French gentleman, 1592-1661.

Nicolas Veilleux, son of Nicolas and Perrette (née Roussel), travelled from France to Canada around 1665. After settling in Quebec he married Marguerite Yerdain, daughter of Regne and Jeanne (née Serre), on 5th October 1665 and they had at least nine children together. They remained together at Beaupré until Nicolas died at Saint-François-de-l'île-d'Orléans on 11th October 1714. Marguerite passed away on 30th May 1720. [1]

Early History of the La Valette family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our La Valette research. More information is included under the topic Early La Valette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

La Valette Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Veilette, Veilet, Veilett, Veillet, Veillett, Veillete, Valette, Valet, Vallet, Valatte, Vallete, La Veilette, La Veilet, La Veilett, La Veilett, Vallette, Vaslett, La Valette, La Vallet, La Vallette, La Vallet, Vallez and many more.

Early Notables of the La Valette family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Nicolas Vallet (c. 1583 - c. 1642) French-born, Dutch lutenist and composer. He was born at Corbeny, Aisne, but fled from France to the Netherlands for religious reasons. He is best known for his Le Secret des Muses...
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Migration of the La Valette family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Etienne Valet who settled in Louisiana in 1719; Joseph and Marguerite Vallet settled in Louisiana in 1719; Elie Vallette settled in Maryland in 1764.


Contemporary Notables of the name La Valette (post 1700) +

  • Bernard Lavalette (1926-2019), French film and television actor
  • Antoine Marie Chamans Lavalette (1769-1830), French politician, Minister of Posts (1804-1815); the night before he was scheduled to be executed he changed places and clothes with his visiting wife, fled France to Britain and finally to Bavaria, his wife remained in prison until after his death
  • Jean-Pierre Marie Lavalette du Verdier, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [2]


The La Valette 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: Plus quam valor valetta valet
Motto Translation: Non aes, sed fides.


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 30) Jean-Pierre Lavalette. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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