Limousin. Visnaw was a name for someone who lived in Limousin.
Early Origins of the Visnaw family
Limousin where this distinguished family held a family seat at Villefort as members of the aristocracy of that region.
Early History of the Visnaw family
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Visnaw Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Visnaw some of which are Vigneault, Vignault, Vignaux, Vignau, Vignaud, Vigneau and many more.
Early Notables of the Visnaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Visnaw family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Visnaw has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Visnaw 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Visnaw (post 1700)
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