The proud French name Levallier was formed in Brittany
when the family resided in a valley. The name Levallier is derived from the Old French word vallee, which means valley.
Early Origins of the Levallier family
The surname Levallier was first found in Brittany
, where they held a family seat
in the honor of the seigneurie of la Burie.
Early History of the Levallier family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Levallier research.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 Levallier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Levallier 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 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.
Early Notables of the Levallier 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... Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Levallier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Levallier family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Levallier 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 Levallier were Louis Lavallée arrived in Quebec in 1673 from Flanders; François Lavallée arrived in Quebec from the Franche-Comté in 1761; Pierre Lavallé.