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Derived from the given name TOUSSAINT
, which in turn is derived from Toussaint
, the French name for the Christian feast day All Saints' Day (celebrated on November 1st every year)... [more]
TURNEY English, Norman
Habitational name from places in France called Tournai, Tournay, or Tourny. All named with the pre-Roman personal name TURNUS
and the locative suffix -acum
URBAN English, French, German, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Hungarian, Jewish
From a medieval personal name (Latin Urbanus meaning "city dweller", a derivative of urbs meaning "town", "city").
VADEBONCŒUR French (Quebec)
From the French phrase va de bon cœur
meaning "go with a good (merry) heart". This was a secondary surname, common among soldiers in colonial French Canada, which has been adopted as a principal surname.
VAILLANCOURT French (Quebec)
Possibly a variant of Valencourt. This is the surname of a noble family who probably lived near Willencourt.
From a medieval nickname for a brave person (from Old French vaillant
VAL Spanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
VALENTIN French, Italian, Romanian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Jewish
From the given name VALENTIN
. It was sometimes adopted as a personal name by Jews.
From Old French vavasour
meaning "subvassal", a historical term used to refer to a tenant of a baron or lord who also had tenants under him.
French, English, and Scottish habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Vaux, from the Old French plural of val
VERDIER French, Norman, English
Occupational name for a forester. Derived from Old French verdier
(from Late Latin viridarius
, a derivative of viridis
"green"). Also an occupational name for someone working in a garden or orchard, or a topographic name for someone living near one... [more]
Habitational name from a place so named, for example in Dordogne, Gironde, and Marne.
VERGAN French (Huguenot)
Family history states that original name was "du Vergau" French Huguenot chased from France to Germany.
VERMONT French (Rare)
Derived from french, meaning "green mountain" (Vert, "green"; mont, "mountain").
VERNE French, English
As a French surname refers to someone who lived where alder trees grew. While the English version can mean someone who lived where ferns grew, Verne can also mean a seller of ferns which in medieval times were used in bedding, as floor coverings and as animal feed.
VERNEY English, French
The surname Verney was first found in Buckinghamshire, England, when they arrived from Vernai, a parish in the arrondissement of Bayeux in Normandy.
From the French word verre, meaning "glass." Possibly denoting someone who worked with glass.
variant of Vervelle, which Morlet derives from a word denoting the metal keeper or ring through which a bolt is secured.
The surname in origin is a variant of Viennet
, a diminutive of Vien
, a short form of Vivien
. A famous bearer is Jean-Marie Vianney (1786-1859), a French saint.
VIDRINE French (Cajun)
Vidrines are French Cajuns that live mostly around south central Louisiana, towns and cities like Mamou, Eunice and Ville Platte.
"Used in medieval England and France. Villein is another term used for the serfs in the lowest classes of the feudal system."
Perhaps a topographic name from a diminutive of viol
"path", itself a derivative of vie
"way". It is more likely, however, that this name is from the secondary surname LAVIOLETTE
"the violet (flower)", which was common among soldiers in French Canada.
Derived from Latin vivarium
, ultimately from Latin vivus
"alive". This name is locational relating to living near a fish pond.
Derived from the Old High German word "witu" and the Old English pre 7th century "widu" or "wudu", meaning a wood, and therefore occupational for one living by such a place.
XAVIER English, French
Derived from the Basque place name Etxaberri
meaning "the new house". This was the surname of the Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552). He was a missionary to India, Japan, China, and other areas in East Asia, and he is the patron saint of the Orient and missionaries.