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Languedoc is the region of ancient France from which the name Vesine was derived. It comes from when the family lived in Languedoc, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Vesine family

The surname Vesine was first found in Languedoc, where this family held a family seat since ancient times.

Many branches are recorded and distinctive, among them were the Marquis of Alzau, the Lords of Pomas, the Lords of Cuxac, the Lords of Arques and the Barons of Blagnac and of Cornebarieu. Prominent among the Ambres branch were Jean, Baron of Ambres, and of Brametourte and Viscount of Lautrec (1481) and François, Baron of Ambres, Viscount of Lautrec, Seneschal of Lauragais and Governor of Castres and of Lavaur (1552).

During the 16th century, two new branches formed, the de Voisins-Lavernière branch and the de Voisins of Mirabel branch. Distinctive among the Alzau branch of the family were Amalric de Voisins who received a portion of the Seigniories of Moussoulens, Pézens, la Bastide Rouge, Paire, Caudebronde and Cuxac, Blaise de Voisins, Lord of Pézens, Moussoulens, Cuxac and Caudebronde in 1417, and Bernard de Voisins, Lord of Alzau, of Pézens, etc., and Knight of Malta in 1579.

Elie Voisin, son of Elie and Marie of St.Germain, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Madeleine Larcher, daughter of Pierre and Adrienne of St.Pierre, on 15th October 1668. [1]

Early History of the Vesine family

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Vesine Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Vesine, some of which include Voisins, Voisin, Voysin, Voisine, Voysins, Voisyn, Voisyns, Voycins, Voicins, Voycine, Voycins, Voicyn, Voicyns, Les Voisins, Les Voisines, Les Voisyns, Les Voycins, Les Voicyns, Les Voycins, Les Voicins, Les Voycines, Le Voisin, Le Voysin, La Voisine, Le Voisyn, Le Voicyn, La Voycine, Vesine, Vésine, Vezine, Vézine, Vézina and many more.

Early Notables of the Vesine family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Vesine family

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 Vesine 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 Vesine were François Vésinat, who married Jeanne Lemarié in Château-Richer in 1670; Pierre Voisin, who settled in Louisiana in 1719; Jacques Vé.

The Vesine Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro fide
Motto Translation: For faith.

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print on Facebook