The name Voyez dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Brittany
. It is derived from their residence in Brittany.
Early Origins of the Voyez family
The surname Voyez 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.
Early History of the Voyez family
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Voyez Spelling Variations
There were a great number of spelling variations
in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Voyer, Voier, Voyere, Voyez, Voyet, Voir, Voire, La Voyer, Lavoyer, Le Voyer and many more.
Early Notables of the Voyez family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Voyez family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Voyez 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 Voyez were Pierre Voyer arrived in Quebec in 1662 from Maine; Jacques Voyer arrived in Quebec in 1683 from Poitou; Mr. Voyer settled in Virginia.
The Voyez 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.