Of all the French names to come from that northwestern peninsula of France known as Brittany
, Valleix is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Brittany
. The name Valleix 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 Valleix family
The surname Valleix 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.
Early History of the Valleix family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Valleix research.Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1773, 1832, 1846, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Valleix History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Valleix Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name Valleix, including Vallée, La Vallée, De Vallée, Valleau, Vallé, Valée, La Vallé, Valles, Vallès, Valley, Vallis, Valleix, Valleise and many more.
Early Notables of the Valleix 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... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Valleix Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Valleix family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Valleix has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Valleix were Jean Vallée who migrated from Bourgogne to Quebec in 1761; Barthélémi-Etienne Vallée migrated to Quebec from Orléanais in 1733.