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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.

Vachon Early Origins



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 honor of the seigneurie of St. Etienne.

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Vachon Early History


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Vachon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vachon research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vachon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vachon Spelling Variations


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Vachon Spelling Variations



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

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Vachon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vachon Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vachon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Vachon (post 1700)


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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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 5) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Joseph H. Vachon (1906-1986), American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Saco, Maine, 1941-73 (acting, 1941-42) [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 5) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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.)

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