Early Origins of the Vilain family
Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1167 when Ernald Vilein held lands.
Early History of the Vilain family
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Vilain Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Vilain has been recorded under many different variations, including Villain, Vilain, Villane, Viland, Villein, Villin and many more.
Early Notables of the Vilain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vilain family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Vilain or a variant listed above:
Vilain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Vilain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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