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The history of the French name Visnaw begins among the people of the province of Limousin. Visnaw was a name for someone who lived in Limousin.

Visnaw Early Origins



The surname Visnaw was first found in Limousin where this distinguished family held a family seat at Villefort as members of the aristocracy of that region.

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Visnaw Spelling Variations


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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.

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Visnaw Early History


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Visnaw Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Visnaw research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1789 and 1860 are included under the topic Early Visnaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Visnaw Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Visnaw Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Visnaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Visnaw (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Visnaw (post 1700)



  • Roy E. Visnaw, American Democrat politician, Supervisor of Lake Township, Michigan, 1949-50; Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 7th District, 1950, 1956
  • David E. Visnaw, American Democrat politician, Candidate for supervisor of Lake Township, Michigan, 1933

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Visnaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Visnaw 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 February 2016 at 14:58.

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