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Vallee is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Vallee family lived in Northumberland. Their name, however, is a reference to La Val, in the lower Marne valley of Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old French word val, meaning valley.

Vallee Early Origins



The surname Vallee was first found in Northumberland where they were granted land by William the Conqueror. The family originally Delaval took their name from the Castle of La Val in the lower Marne valley in Normandy.

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Vallee Spelling Variations


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Vallee Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Vale, Vail, Veil and others.

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Vallee Early History


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Vallee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vallee research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1190 and 1364 are included under the topic Early Vallee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vallee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vallee Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Vallee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vallee In Ireland


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Vallee In Ireland



Some of the Vallee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Vallee name or one of its variants:

Vallee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francisco Vallee, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • H S Vallee, aged 29, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839

Vallee Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Barthélémi-Etienne Vallée migrated to Quebec from Orléanais in 1733
  • Jean Vallée who migrated from Bourgogne to Quebec in 1761
  • Martial Vallée migrated to Quebec from Saintonge, on the west coast of France near Bordeaux in 1764

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Contemporary Notables of the name Vallee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Vallee (post 1700)



  • Fernando Alemán y Valleé, American politician, Honorary Consul for Cuba at Arecibo, P.R., 1904
  • Roland S. Vallee (1929-1997), American politician, Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire, 1964-67
  • Rodolphe M. Vallee (b. 1960), American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Vermont, 1999-2004; U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia, 2005-
  • Marion Vallee, American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1950
  • Jacques Fabrice Vallée (b. 1939), French-born venture capitalist, computer scientist, author, and former astronomer notable for co-developing the first computerized mapping of Mars for NASA and for his work at SRI International in creating ARPANET, a precursor to the modern Internet
  • Rudy Vallée (1901-1986), popular American singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer
  • Jean Vallée (1941-2014), born Paul Goeders, a Belgian song writer and performer
  • Yvonne Vallée (1899-1996), French actress
  • Dominique Vallee (b. 1981), Canadian snowboarder
  • Robert Vallée (b. 1922), French cyberneticist and mathematician
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Vallee Historic Events


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Vallee Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Peter  Vallee, Canadian Fireman aboard the SS Calonne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Motto


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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: In te domine speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    11. ...

    The Vallee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vallee Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 10 December 2015 at 10:32.

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