Villet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Villet family

The surname Villet was first found in Kent 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 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Early History of the Villet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Villet research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1106, 1432, 1455, 1487, 1634, 1662 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Villet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Villet Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Villet have been found, including Villet, Villette, Villettes, Violet, Vilett, Vilet, Violett and many more.

Early Notables of the Villet family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Violet (fl. 1634-1662), English writer on trade, a goldsmith and alderman of London. in 1634, he was imprisoned for twenty weeks in the same year...
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United States Villet migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Villet, or a variant listed above:

Villet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Villet, aged 21, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
Villet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacinto Villet, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [1]

  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) on Facebook