French surname - VAUN
Good morning,I'm interested in the meaning of the surname of VAUN and where in France it may be popular. Also I wish to know how it was pronounced. Is the 'n' silent?I have an ancestor who was born in France around 1843, unknown where in France, who emigrated to England (unknown when).I do not know his religion but he married an english widow in Kent - Church of England (1880) and was buried in a Church of England cemetery in Essex.He could write and his signature was legible. His children also used the surname of VAUN.All 3 Census (1881, 1891 & 1901) all state he was born in France.Thank you.
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Although the information at http://tr.im/CdMq states that this individual and his father were born in France, Vaun is not a French name. This is evidenced by the fact that there was only one person born there in the last 120 years as you can see at http://tr.im/CdNa. Moreover, the name Vaun can be traced in England back to the 1400s so it almost certainly originated there.
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Thank you Marc.I'm currently exploring the possibility that whilst Joseph Vaun was born in France his parents may have been temporarily residing there around the time of his birth. However, I won't make too much progress on this possibility until later in the year.In the meantime I hope you may be able to assist me in exploring an alternative possibility. That being whether Joseph may have anglicized his surname after arrival in England.Are there any French surnames that obviously could be anglicized to produce the English? surname of Vaun? If none come to mind, it is not a problem. Thank you for the assistance that you have already provided.
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