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Where did the French Villines family come from? What is the French Villines family crest and coat of arms? When did the Villines family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Villines family history?

The prestigious surname Villines comes from the region of Provence, in France. The surname Villines is of local origin, and is therefore a type of hereditary surname. Local surnames are derived either from an already existing place-name or from a local feature of the geography. In this case, it is derived from the Old French elements ville, which meant farm, and neuve, which meant new. The surname then means "dweller on the new farm."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Villeneuve, Villeneuves, Villeneufve, Villeneufves, Vileneuve, Vileneuves, Vileneufve, Vileneufves, de Villeneuve and many more.

First found in Provence, where this noble family has been discovered since ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Villines research. Another 339 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1793, 1695, 1755, 1799, 1858, 1763, 1806, 1805, 1756 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Villines History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Villines Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nicolas Villeneau, who arrived in Quebec in 1665; Mathurin Villeneuve, who came to Quebec in 1665; Jacques de Villeneuve who settled in Louisiana in 1740.


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Victori et fideli
Motto Translation: Victory and Faithfulness.


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The Villines Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Villines 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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