Vallee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Of all the French names to come from that northwestern peninsula of France known as Brittany, Vallee is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Brittany. The name Vallee is also derived from the Old French word vallee, meaning valley, and indicates that the original bearer lived in a valley.

Early Origins of the Vallee family

The surname Vallee was first found in Brittany where this distinguished family held a family seat in Val, and were important members of the aristocracy of the region.

Important Dates for the Vallee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vallee research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1773, 1832, 1846, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Vallee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vallee Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Vallee some of which are Vallée, La Vallée, De Vallée, Valleau, Vallé, Valée, La Vallé, Valles, Vallès, Valley, Vallis, Valleix, Valleise and many more.

Early Notables of the Vallee family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst this name at this time was Marin de la Vallée (1576-1655), French architect associated with the Paris Hôtel de Ville and the Luxembourg Palace; Simon de la Vallée (1590-1642), a French-born, Swedish...
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Vallee migration to the United States

In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Vallee were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Vallee were

Vallee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francisco Vallee, aged 30, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1827 [1]
  • H S Vallee, aged 29, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839 [1]

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, married Marie-Thérèse Leblanc, daughter of Léonard and Marie, in Quebec on 12th January 1665 [2]
  • Jean Vallee, son of Pierre and Madeleine, married Marie Martin, daughter of Jacques and Marie, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 4th February 1666 [2]
  • Charles Vallee, son of Jean and Marie, married Marie-Ursule Gendron, daughter of Pierre-Jean and Marie, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Quebec on 3rd February 1694 [2]
Vallee Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Louis-Charles Vallee, son of Pierre and Marie-Thérèse, married Geneviève Marcou, daughter of Pierre and Marthe, in Beauport, Quebec on 12th September 1707 [2]
  • Jean Vallee, son of Jean and Élisabeth, married Marguerite Damien, daughter of Jacques and Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 16th July 1712 [2]
  • Pierre-Charles Vallee, son of Charles and Marie-Ursule, married Marguerite-Agnès Campagna, daughter of Louis and Angélique, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Quebec on 24th January 1724 [2]
  • Jacques Vallee, son of Charles and Marie-Ursule, married Catherine Veillet, daughter of Jean and Catherine, in Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec on 6th February 1729 [2]
  • 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 [3]
  • Rodolphe M. Vallee (b. 1960), American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Vermont, 1999-2004; U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia, 2005- [3]
  • Marion Vallee, American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1950 [3]
  • Fernando Alemán y Valleé, American politician, Honorary Consul for Cuba at Arecibo, P.R., 1904 [4]
  • Yvonne Vallée (1899-1996), French actress
  • Robert Vallée (b. 1922), French cyberneticist and mathematician
  • Jean Vallée (1941-2014), born Paul Goeders, a Belgian song writer and performer
  • Dominique Vallee (b. 1981), Canadian snowboarder
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Vallee family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Peter  Vallee, Canadian Fireman aboard the SS Calonne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who died in the explosion [5]

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from
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  5. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from
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