Vigneau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the French name Vigneau begins among the people of the province of Limousin. Vigneau was a name for someone who lived in Limousin.

Early Origins of the Vigneau family

The surname Vigneau 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 Vigneau family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vigneau research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1789 and 1860 are included under the topic Early Vigneau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vigneau Spelling Variations

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Vigneau is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Vigneault, Vignault, Vignaux, Vignau, Vignaud, Vigneau and many more.

Early Notables of the Vigneau family (pre 1700)

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United States Vigneau migration to the United States +

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 Vigneau 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 Vigneau were

Vigneau Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Baptiste Vigneau, who landed in Massachusetts in 1763 [1]
Vigneau Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Vigneau, who settled in New Orleans La. in 1821

Canada Vigneau migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vigneau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Catherine Vigneau, who arrived in Acadia in 1636
  • Paul Vigneau, who settled in Quebec in 1670 from Poitou
Vigneau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Louis-Jean Vigneau, who settled in Quebec in 1728 from Aunis near Bordeaux
  • Abraham Vigneau, aged 33, who landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Anne Vigneau, aged 29, who landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Francois Vigneau, aged 9, who landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Jacques Vigneau, aged 68, who arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Vigneau (post 1700) +

  • James Vigneau, American politician, Mayor of Lawndale, California, 1965-67 [2]
  • Robert Vigneau (b. 1933), French poet from Nice


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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