Show ContentsVigneault History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Vigneault family

The surname Vigneault 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 Vigneault family

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Vigneault Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from 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 Vigneault 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 Vigneault family (pre 1700)

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Vigneault Ranking

In Quebec, Canada, the name Vigneault is the 299th most popular surname. [1]

Canada Vigneault migration to Canada +

In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 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, Acadia 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. 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 Vigneault were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Vigneault were

Vigneault Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean-Baptiste Vigneault, who settled in Quebec in 1724 from Saintonge near Bordeaux

Contemporary Notables of the name Vigneault (post 1700) +

  • Gilles Vigneault (b. 1928), Canadian poet, publisher and singer-songwriter
  • Michel Vigneault (1944-1978), Canadian professional wrestler
  • Guillaume Vigneault (b. 1970), French-Canadian novelist
  • Steve "Lion Heart" Vigneault, Canadian mixed martial artist
  • Sonia Vigneault, French-Canadian actress
  • Alain Vigneault (b. 1961), Canadian head coach of the National Hockey League Vancouver Canucks

  1. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec, on Facebook