Origins Available: Belgium
The history of the Vigne family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northwestern France, to the regions known as Brittany
. The name Vigne is derived from the Old French word "vigne," meaning "vine," and as such it is likely that the first bearers of this name owned or worked on a vineyard.
Early Origins of the Vigne family
The surname Vigne was first found in Brittany
where they held a family seat
in the seigneury of Haute Morays.
Early History of the Vigne family
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Vigne Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Vigne is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Lavigne, Levine, Levin, Levigne, Levigny, Laveine, Lavignes, Lavene, Des Vignes, deVigne, Devignes, Devigne, De lavigne and many more.
Early Notables of the Vigne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vigne family to the New World and Oceana
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, 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 Vigne 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 Vigne were
Vigne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Adam Vigne, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
- Anthony Vigne, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1792
Vigne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jules Vigne, who arrived in New Orleans in 1827
- Charles Vigne, who settled in New Orleans in 1827