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The name Voyer dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Brittany. It is derived from their residence in Brittany.

Voyer Early Origins



The surname Voyer was first found in Brittany where this distinguished family held a family seat at Gripel and Penhoet, and were members of the aristocracy of that region.

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Voyer Spelling Variations


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Voyer Spelling Variations



Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Voyer, including Voyer, Voier, Voyere, Voyez, Voyet, Voir, Voire, La Voyer, Lavoyer, Le Voyer and many more.

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Voyer Early History


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Voyer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Voyer research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1596, 1623, 1651, 1652, 1658, 1694, 1696, 1700, 1721, 1722, 1757, 1764, 1771, 1787, 1789, and 1842 are included under the topic Early Voyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Voyer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Voyer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Voyer 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 Voyer 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 Voyer were

Voyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Voyer, who arrived in Virginia in 1707-1708
  • Peter Voyer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1713
  • Jeanne Urbaine Voyer, who landed in South Carolina in 1735

Voyer Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Pierre Voyer arrived in Quebec in 1662 from Maine
  • Jacques Voyer arrived in Quebec in 1683 from Poitou

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Contemporary Notables of the name Voyer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Voyer (post 1700)



  • Bernard Voyer (b. 1953), Canadian mountaineer/explorer, climbed the highest peaks in all continents
  • Ulric Voyer (1892-1935), Canadian composer of operas

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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: Vis et prudentia vincit
Motto Translation: Strength and prudence conquers.


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    4. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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    The Voyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Voyer 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 2 September 2015 at 08:31.

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