Of all the French names to come from that northwestern peninsula of France known as Brittany
, Shenille is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Brittany
. The name Shenille 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 Shenille family
The surname Shenille 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 Shenille family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shenille research.Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1773, 1832, 1846, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Shenille History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shenille Spelling Variations
The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local
dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Shenille 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 Shenille 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 Shenille Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shenille family to the New World and Oceana
Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until the colony fell to the English in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Shenille were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Shenille were Jean Vallée who migrated from Bourgogne to Quebec in 1761; Barthélémi-Etienne Vallée migrated to Quebec from Orléanais in 1733.