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Where did the French Valois family come from? What is the French Valois family crest and coat of arms? When did the Valois family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Valois family history?

The name Valois has a long French heritage that first began in the northern region of Normandy. The name is derived from when the family lived at Valois, in Normandy. This place-name is extremely common in France and is derived from the Old French word valois, meaning valley.


The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Valois is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Valois, Vallois, Valloy, Valay, Vallay, Valais, Vallais, Vallouy, Valouy, Vallour, Valour, Valliot, Valiot, Vallos, Valos, Valloir, Valoir, Valluy, Valuy, Le Valois, Le Vallois, De Valois and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat at Murcay, and were members of the aristocracy of that region.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Valois research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Valois History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Valois Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Valois has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Valois were

Valois Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margueritte Valois, aged 50, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785

Valois Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Georges Valois, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Wilma Valois, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1896

Valois Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • May Etta Valois, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, in 1903
  • Arthur E. Valois, aged 57, who landed in America from Paris, in 1904
  • A. E. Valois, aged 60, who landed in America from Paris, in 1906
  • Mrs. A. E. Valois, aged 46, who landed in America from Paris, in 1906
  • Pierre Valois, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1907

Valois Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jacques Valois arrived in Quebec in 1684 from Saintonge on the west coast of France near Bordeaux

Valois Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Francois Valois who settled in Quebec in 1762 from Orléanais


  • Jean-Louis Valois (b. 1973), French retired professional footballer
  • Achille-Joseph-Étienne Valois (1785-1862), French designer and sculptor
  • Philippe Valois (b. 1907), French-Canadian Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Jonathan Valois (b. 1971), French-Canadian politician in Quebec
  • Victor Valois (1841-1924), Vice-Admiral (Vizeadmiral) in the German Imperial Navy


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The Valois Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Valois 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.

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