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The French surname Viljoen is occupational in origin, being derived from the trade or profession pursued by the original bearer of the name. The surname Viljoen was originally an occupational name for a watchman, from the Old French "veille," from the Latin "vigilia" meaning "watch, wakefulness."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Vellon, Villon, Viljoen, Villot, Veillot, Veillet and others.

First found in the province of Poitou, where the family was well established during the Middle Ages, and held many lands and estates.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Viljoen research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1657, 1698, and 1789 are included under the topic Early Viljoen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Viljoen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Benjamin Johannes Viljoen, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Johannesburg, in 1903
  • Nannie Viljoen, aged 4, who landed in America from Rudeport, Transvaal, S. Africa, in 1912
  • Sousan Viljoen, aged 68, who emigrated to the United States from Rudeport, Transvaal, S. Africa, in 1912
  • Wynand Viljoen, aged 72, who settled in America from Rudeport, Transvaal, S. Africa, in 1912
  • Ida May Viljoen, aged 24, who landed in America from Groengen, Holland, in 1914


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  1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  2. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  5. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
  9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Viljoen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Viljoen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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