Valet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Valet family

The surname Valet was first found in Languedoc where this distinguished family held a family seat at Viesamp-Pern, and were members of the ruling aristocracy of that region. This main stem branched to Vivarais, Perigord, Quercy, Rouergue, and Auvergne, and would emerge as the Marquis de la Valette Chabrioul.

This prolific aristocratic family also branched to the north to Brittany at Rivière, and Normandy. The Counts and Dukes of Valette were not of this name, but the Marquis was a Valette. Notable in the family were: Jean Parisot La Valette, Band master of the Order of Malta, 1494-1568; Bernard La Valette, a French gentleman, 1592-1661.

Nicolas Veilleux, son of Nicolas and Perrette (née Roussel), travelled from France to Canada around 1665. After settling in Quebec he married Marguerite Yerdain, daughter of Regne and Jeanne (née Serre), on 5th October 1665 and they had at least nine children together. They remained together at Beaupré until Nicolas died at Saint-François-de-l'île-d'Orléans on 11th October 1714. Marguerite passed away on 30th May 1720. [1]

Early History of the Valet family

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Valet Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Veilette, Veilet, Veilett, Veillet, Veillett, Veillete, Valette, Valet, Vallet, Valatte, Vallete, La Veilette, La Veilet, La Veilett, La Veilett, Vallette, Vaslett, La Valette, La Vallet, La Vallette, La Vallet, Vallez and many more.

Early Notables of the Valet family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Nicolas Vallet (c. 1583 - c. 1642) French-born, Dutch lutenist and composer. He was born at Corbeny, Aisne, but fled from France to the Netherlands for religious reasons. He is best known for his Le Secret des Muses...
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Valet Ranking

In France, the name Valet is the 1,332nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,256 people with that name. [2]


United States Valet migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Valet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Etienne Valet who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Etienne Valet, aged 32, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [3]
  • Nicolas Valet, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [3]
  • Marie Claudine Valet, aged 31, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785 [3]
Valet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Valet, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [3]
  • Wilhelm Gottlob Valet, who arrived in America in 1880 [3]

Canada Valet migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Valet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean-Baptiste Valet, son of Jean and Anne, who married Élisabeth Brière, daughter of Denis and Élisabeth, in Quebec on 1st December 1708 [4]
  • Jean-Baptiste Valet, son of François and Jeanne, who married Marie-Josephte Tuot, daughter of Pierre and Élisabeth, in Montreal, Quebec on 17th June 1737 [4]
  • Martial Valet, son of Jean and Alexandrine, who married Marie-Louise Grenier, daughter of Jean and Agnès, in Montreal, Quebec on 7th January 1738 [4]


The Valet Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Plus quam valor valetta valet
Motto Translation: Non aes, sed fides.


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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