Vallee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae listed Roger de la Vale in Normandy in 1180. [1]

Early Origins of the Vallee family

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

Some of the first records of the family were found north, in Scotland. "About 1190 Gilbert de la Val witnessed a charter by William de Hauekeristone of certain lands in the territory of Innerwick to the Abbey of Kelso. " [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Eustace del Val and Hugh de la Val as holding lands in Northumberland at that time. [3]

Early History of the Vallee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vallee research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1364, 1655, 1604, 1578, 1582, 1582 and 1583 are included under the topic Early Vallee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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, Fale, Fail and others.

Early Notables of the Vallee family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Vallee family to Ireland

Some of the Vallee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Vallee migration to the United States +

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, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1827 [4]
  • H S Vallee, aged 29, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839 [4]

Canada Vallee migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vallee Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Pierre Vallee, son of Pierre and Madeleine, who married Marie-Thérèse Leblanc, daughter of Léonard and Marie, in Quebec on 12th January 1665 [5]
  • Jean Vallee, son of Pierre and Madeleine, who married Marie Martin, daughter of Jacques and Marie, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 4th February 1666 [5]
  • Charles Vallee, son of Jean and Marie, who married Marie-Ursule Gendron, daughter of Pierre-Jean and Marie, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Quebec on 3rd February 1694 [5]
Vallee Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Louis-Charles Vallee, son of Pierre and Marie-Thérèse, who married Geneviève Marcou, daughter of Pierre and Marthe, in Beauport, Quebec on 12th September 1707 [5]
  • Jean Vallee, son of Jean and Élisabeth, who married Marguerite Damien, daughter of Jacques and Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 16th July 1712 [5]
  • Pierre-Charles Vallee, son of Charles and Marie-Ursule, who married Marguerite-Agnès Campagna, daughter of Louis and Angélique, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Quebec on 24th January 1724 [5]
  • Jacques Vallee, son of Charles and Marie-Ursule, who married Catherine Veillet, daughter of Jean and Catherine, in Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec on 6th February 1729 [5]
  • Barthélémi-Etienne Vallée migrated to Quebec from Orléanais in 1733
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Vallee (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Roland S. Vallee (1929-1997), American politician, Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire, 1964-67 [6]
  • Rodolphe M. Vallee (b. 1960), American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Vermont, 1999-2004; U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia, 2005- [6]
  • Marion Vallee, American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1950 [6]
  • Fernando Alemán y Valleé, American politician, Honorary Consul for Cuba at Arecibo, P.R., 1904 [7]
  • 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.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Peter  Vallee, Canadian Fireman aboard the SS Calonne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who died in the explosion [8]

The Vallee 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.

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 2) . Retrieved from
  8. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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