Voisin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Languedoc is the region of ancient France from which the name Voisin was derived. It comes from when the family lived in Languedoc, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Voisin family

The surname Voisin was first found in Languedoc, where this family held a family seat since ancient times.

Many branches are recorded and distinctive, among them were the Marquis of Alzau, the Lords of Pomas, the Lords of Cuxac, the Lords of Arques and the Barons of Blagnac and of Cornebarieu. Prominent among the Ambres branch were Jean, Baron of Ambres, and of Brametourte and Viscount of Lautrec (1481) and François, Baron of Ambres, Viscount of Lautrec, Seneschal of Lauragais and Governor of Castres and of Lavaur (1552).

During the 16th century, two new branches formed, the de Voisins-Lavernière branch and the de Voisins of Mirabel branch. Distinctive among the Alzau branch of the family were Amalric de Voisins who received a portion of the Seigniories of Moussoulens, Pézens, la Bastide Rouge, Paire, Caudebronde and Cuxac, Blaise de Voisins, Lord of Pézens, Moussoulens, Cuxac and Caudebronde in 1417, and Bernard de Voisins, Lord of Alzau, of Pézens, etc., and Knight of Malta in 1579.

Elie Voisin, son of Elie and Marie of St.Germain, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Madeleine Larcher, daughter of Pierre and Adrienne of St.Pierre, on 15th October 1668. [1]

Early History of the Voisin family

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Voisin Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Voisin, some of which include Voisins, Voisin, Voysin, Voisine, Voysins, Voisyn, Voisyns, Voycins, Voicins, Voycine, Voycins, Voicyn, Voicyns, Les Voisins, Les Voisines, Les Voisyns, Les Voycins, Les Voicyns, Les Voycins, Les Voicins, Les Voycines, Le Voisin, Le Voysin, La Voisine, Le Voisyn, Le Voicyn, La Voycine, Vesine, Vésine, Vezine, Vézine, Vézina and many more.

Early Notables of the Voisin family (pre 1700)

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Voisin Ranking

In France, the name Voisin is the 302nd most popular surname with an estimated 13,239 people with that name. [2]

United States Voisin migration to the United States +

Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Voisin were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Voisin were

Voisin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Voisin, who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Pierre Voisin, aged 30, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [3]
  • Jean Pierre Voisin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [3]
  • Jean Pierre Voisin, who settled in Carolina in 1754
  • Abraham Voisin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1768
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Voisin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Voisin, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1852 [3]
  • Martin Voisin, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855 [3]
  • Samuel Voisin, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 [3]

Canada Voisin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Voisin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Madeleine Larcher Voisin, who landed in Canada in 1667

Contemporary Notables of the name Voisin (post 1700) +

  • Roger Voisin (1918-2008), American classical trumpeter, "one of the best-known trumpeters in this country"
  • Félix Voisin (1794-1872), French psychiatrist
  • Claire Voisin (b. 1962), French mathematician awarded a Clay Research Award in 2008
  • René Voisin (1893-1952), French trumpeter
  • Gabriel Voisin (1880-1973), French aviation pioneer, eponym of Avions Voisin, a French automobile and The Voisin III, one of the first two-seat bombers
  • Mac Voisin, Canadian businessman and entrepreneur, founder of M&M Meat Shops of Canada
  • Alexandra "Daisy" Voisin (1924-1991), Trinidad and Tobago singer and composer

The Voisin Motto +

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: Pro fide
Motto Translation: For faith.

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ 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)

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