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Early Origins of the Vassar family

The surname Vassar was first found in île-de-France where they held a family seat in the honour of Neuilly, d'Ouville and Sailly.

Although the family centered was around Paris and Ponthieu, by the 14th century they had acquired interests and estates in Touraine and Maine to the west, and Artois and Holland to the east. They achieved nobility as Marquis and distinguished themselves in the 16th and 17th century aristocracy. In Artois the family achieved the distinction of nobility as the Marquis d'Esquelbecque, seated at Guernonval. They were also seated in Bambecque in Artois. In this province they were the seigneurs de Valhoun in 1547.

In Touraine, they became the Marquis d'Ardinais seated at Cognée, and this branch also produced the Marquis de Thouars. In Maine and Brittany they became the Marquis de St. Vrain in February 1658. They also branched to Picardy. Notable was Emille Levasseur, a French Engineer, 1844-1897. Prominent in the French Revolution were Louis Levasseur, arrested in connection with Dillon plot, July 1793; René Levasseur who provided evidence for the arrest of Vincent and Ronsin.

Jean Levasseur, born in 1622, son of Noel and Geneviève (née Ganche), was a French sculptor that married Marguerite Richard, daughter of Nicolas and Jeanne (née Bonnet), in France on 23rd April 1645. They settled in Quebec along with their two sons in 1651. After arriving in Canada they had ten more children together. They remained in Quebec until Jean's death on 31st August 1686. Marguerite passed away at L'Ancienne-Lorette on 20th April 1708. [1]

Early History of the Vassar family

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Vassar Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lavasseur, LaVasseur, LeVasseur, de Vasseur, Vasseur, Levasort, Levaseux, Levasseur, Levassor, Levassort, Vavasour, Levazeux and many more.

Early Notables of the Vassar family (pre 1700)

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Vassar Ranking

In the United States, the name Vassar is the 8,870th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Vassar migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vassar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Vassar, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [3]
  • James Vassar, who landed in New York in 1797 [3]
  • Thomas Vassar, who arrived in New York in 1797 [3]
Vassar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J G Vassar, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Vassar (post 1700) +

  • Michael Vassar (b. 1979), American futurist, activist, and entrepreneur, co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Personalized Medicine LLC
  • Matthew Vassar (1792-1868), English-born, American brewer and merchant, founder of Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York in 1861, eponym of the USS Matthew Vassar (1861)
  • Phil Vassar (b. 1964), American country music artist
  • Raymond J. Vassar (b. 1897), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1949; Member of West Virginia State Senate 13th District, 1953-60; Defeated, 1936, 1960, 1964 [4]
  • Emery L. Vassar, American politician, Mayor of Caldwell, Idaho, 1935 [4]
  • Carl E. Vassar, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Connecticut, 1996 [4]
  • Vassar Clements (b. 1937), prominent American fiddler
  • Vassar B. Carlton, American politician, Justice of Florida State Supreme Court, 1969-74 [5]

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William Arthur Fisher Vassar, English 1st Class Passenger from London, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking [6]

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  3. 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)
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