The history of the French name Vignier begins among the people of the province of Limousin
. Vignier was a name for someone who lived in Limousin.
Early Origins of the Vignier family
The surname Vignier 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 Vignier family
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Vignier Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations
of the name Vignier, some of which include Vigneault, Vignault, Vignaux, Vignau, Vignaud, Vigneau and many more.
Early Notables of the Vignier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vignier 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 Vignier 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 Vignier 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.