The history of the French name Vignaux begins among the people of the province of
. Vignaux was a name for someone who lived in Limousin.
at Villefort as members of the aristocracy of that region.
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There were a great number of spelling variations
in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Vigneault, Vignault, Vignaux, Vignau, Vignaud, Vigneau and many more.
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Vignaux has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Vignaux 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.