The history of the French name Vignault begins among the people of the province of Limousin
. Vignault was a name for someone who lived in Limousin.
Early Origins of the Vignault family
The surname Vignault was first found in Limousin
where this distinguished family held a family seat
at Villefort as members of the aristocracy of that region.
Early History of the Vignault family
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Vignault Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Vignault include Vigneault, Vignault, Vignaux, Vignau, Vignaud, Vigneau and many more.
Early Notables of the Vignault family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vignault family to the New World and Oceana
Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Vignault were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Vignault were Louis-Jean Vigneau settled in Quebec in 1728 from Aunis near Bordeaux, but this is thought to be the port of embarkation, rather than his home province.