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The proud French name La Vallee was formed in Brittany when the family resided in a valley. The name La Vallee is derived from the Old French word vallee, which means valley.

Early Origins of the La Vallee family


The surname La Vallee was first found in Brittany, where they held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of la Burie.

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Early History of the La Vallee family

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Early History of the La Vallee family


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Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1512, 1385, 1414, 1404, 1620, 1682, 1664, 1665, 1673, 1644, 1710, 1661 and 1667 are included under the topic Early La Vallee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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La Vallee Spelling Variations

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La Vallee 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 La Vallee is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Lavalle, Lavallée, Lavallee, La Vallee, Levalle, Leval, Lavallière, Lavallier, Levallier, Lavallois, Levallois, Lavallet, Levallet, Lavalet, Levalet, Lavaley, Levaley, Lavalley, Levalley, Lavally, Levally, Lavallière, de Vallée, de Vallee and many more.

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Early Notables of the La Vallee family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the La Vallee family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst this name at this time was Guy XIII de Laval, (1385-1414), seigneur of Laval and of Kergorlay, inherited the Laval title through his marriage on 22 January 1404 to Anne de Laval, As daughter and sole heir to Guy XII de Laval, Anne was "dame de Laval", and one...
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Migration of the La Vallee family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the La Vallee family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

La Vallee Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Francois LaVallee, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Pierre Lavallée, who arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1666
  • Louis Lavallée, who arrived in Quebec in 1673 from Flanders

La Vallee Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • François Lavallée, who arrived in Quebec from the Franche-Comté in 1761

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Contemporary Notables of the name La Vallee (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name La Vallee (post 1700)


  • Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891), French Canadian-born, American musician and Union Army officer during the American Civil War who composed the music for O Canada, the national anthem of Canada
  • Levi LaVallee (b. 1982), American seven-time gold, two-time silver Winter X Game medalist snowmobile racer
  • Paul Lavallee, American conductor and composer, Radio City Music Hall
  • Roger Lavallee, American musician and producer
  • Jordan LaVallee (b. 1986), American ice hockey player
  • Mark Lavallee, American rock musician
  • Barbara Lavallee, American award-winning illustrator who has received praise for her artistic collaborations with several picture-book authors
  • Alphonse Lavallée (1791-1873), French founder of the École Centrale Paris, a French Grande École
  • Kevin Lavallée (b. 1981), Canadian-born German professional ice hockey defenceman
  • Carole Lavallée (b. 1954), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Saint-Bruno, Saint-Hubert (2004-2011)
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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