Of all the French names to come from that northwestern peninsula of France known as Brittany
, Shenillon is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Brittany
. The name Shenillon 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 Shenillon family
The surname Shenillon 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 Shenillon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shenillon research.Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1773, 1832, 1846, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Shenillon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shenillon Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Shenillon, including Vallée, La Vallée, De Vallée, Valleau, Vallé, Valée, La Vallé, Valles, Vallès, Valley, Vallis, Valleix, Valleise and many more.
Early Notables of the Shenillon 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 Shenillon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shenillon family to the New World and Oceana
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Shenillon has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Shenillon were Jean Vallée who migrated from Bourgogne to Quebec in 1761; Barthélémi-Etienne Vallée migrated to Quebec from Orléanais in 1733.