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The French surname name Vanier is derived from the Old French word "vanier," which referred to someone employed to blow the chaff from wheat, a practice known as winnowing.

Vanier Early Origins



The surname Vanier was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat in the seigneurie of Bauviers as members of the aristocracy of that region.

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Vanier Spelling Variations


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Vanier Spelling Variations



Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Vanier, including Vanier, Vannier, Vanniere, Vanner, Vaner, Vaniere, Le Vanier, Levanier, Le Vannier, Levannier, Le Vanner and many more.

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Vanier Early History


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Vanier Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vanier research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1789 is included under the topic Early Vanier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vanier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vanier Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Vanier surname were

Vanier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Vanier, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1803
  • Jacques Vanier, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1816
  • J. B. Vanier, who settled in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1823
  • Louis N Vanier, who arrived in America in 1828

Vanier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Catherine Vanier, who came to Quebec in 1656
  • Germain Vanier, who arrived in Quebec from Ile-de-France in 1669
  • Guillaume Vanier, who arrived in Quebec in 1672

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Contemporary Notables of the name Vanier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Vanier (post 1700)



  • John K. II Vanier, American politician, Mayor of Salina, Kansas, 2008-09
  • Carey D. Vanier Sr. (b. 1981), Guyanese-American mixed martial arts fighter
  • Harvey L. Vanier (b. 1924), American trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses
  • Nicolas Vanier (b. 1962), French adventurist, writer and moviemaker
  • Rosie Vanier, British singer and keyboard player
  • Jean Vanier CC GOQ, (b. 1928), Canadian Catholic philosopher, humanitarian and the founder of L'Arche
  • Georges Philias Vanier (1888-1967), Canadian soldier and diplomat, Governor-General of Canada (1959 to 1967)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Vanier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vanier 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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