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Updated February 1, 2024

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Family name origins & meanings

  • French : from Old French vi(g)ne ‘vineyard’ (Latin vinea, a derivative of vinum ‘wine’), hence a topographic name for someone who lived near a vineyard; a metonymic occupational name for a vine dresser or the owner of a vineyard; or a habitational name from any of numerous places so named. In Canada, this is a frequent secondary surname, which has also been used alone since 1708.

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