Vachon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

During that dark period of history known as the Middle Ages, the name of Vachon was first used in France. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Vachon family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Vachon was an occupational name for a cowherd. Originally the name Vachon was derived from the Old French word "vache," meaning "cow." [1]

Early Origins of the Vachon family

The surname Vachon was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where this eminent family held a family seat in the honour of the seigneurie of St. Etienne.

They became important contributors in political and diplomatic circles, and were raised to the nobility as the Marquis de Belmont. In Lyon they were also raised to the seigneurie. In Quebec Archbishop Alexandre Vachon made important contributions to the emerging identity of New France.

Paul Vachon, born in 1630, son of Vincent and Sapience, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Marguerite Langlois, born on 3rd September 1639, daughter of Noel and Françoise, on 22nd October 1653. They remained together in Quebec until Marguerite's death on 25th September 1697. Paul passed away at Beauport on 25th June 1703. [2]

Early History of the Vachon family

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Vachon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vachon, Vachen, Vachin, Vacheron, Vacion, Vation and others.

Early Notables of the Vachon family (pre 1700)

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Canada Vachon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vachon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Paul Vachon, who arrived in Quebec in 1650 from Poitou
  • Paul Vachon, son of Vincent and Sapience, who married Marguerite Langlois, daughter of Noel and Françoise, in Quebec on 22nd October 1653 [3]
  • Vincent Vachon, son of Paul and Marguerite, who married Louise Cadieu, daughter of Charles and Madeleine, in Beauport, Quebec on 25th June 1685 [3]
  • Noel Vachon, son of Paul and Marguerite, who married Monique Girou, daughter of Toussaint and Marie, in Beauport, Quebec on 24th October 1695 [3]
  • Pierre Vachon, son of Paul and Marguerite, who married Marie-Catherine Soulard, daughter of Jean and Catherine, in Quebec on 5th March 1696 [3]
Vachon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Louis Vachon, son of Vincent and Louise, who married Marie-Louise Maillou, daughter of Noel and Louise, in Beauport, Quebec on 16th November 1716 [3]
  • François Vachon, son of Vincent and Louise, who married Marguerite Giroux, daughter of Michel and Thérèse, in Beauport, Quebec on 14th November 1718 [3]
  • Noel Vachon, son of Noel and Monique, who married Marie-Jeanne Bélanger, daughter of Paul and Jeanne, in Beauport, Quebec on 16th January 1719 [3]
  • Vincent Vachon, son of Vincent and Louise, who married Marie-Madeleine Parant, daughter of Jean and Françoise, in Beauport, Quebec on 17th November 1723 [3]
  • Etienne-Noel Vachon, son of Noel and Marie-Jeanne, who married Geneviève Lessard, daughter of François and Angélique, in Quebec on 20th June 1750 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Vachon (post 1700) +

  • John Vachon (1914-1975), American photographer
  • Jean Vachon (b. 1989), American silent film actress
  • Christine Vachon (b. 1962), American movie producer
  • Marin Vachon, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Lyon, 1914 [4]
  • Joseph H. Vachon (1906-1986), American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Saco, Maine, 1941-73 (acting, 1941-42) [4]
  • Pierre Vachon (1731-1803), French classical composer
  • Rose-Anna Vachon (1870-1948), French-Canadian mother who developed a cream filled chocolate cake for sons that later became the Vachon Cake Company now held by Saputo
  • Rogatien Vachon (b. 1945), Canadian NHL ice hockey goaltender
  • Nicholas Vachon (b. 1972), Canadian NHL ice hockey player for the New York Islanders
  • Maurice Vachon (b. 1929), retired Canadian professional wrestler, known by his ring name "Mad Dog" Vachon
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
  2. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 5) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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