Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • French : topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, or a habitational name from any of the various places called Val(l)ois, or regional name from the district in northern France so called, which was once an independent duchy. In all cases the source is an adjective derivative of Old French val ‘valley’ (see Vale).
  • A bearer of the name Valois from the Saintonge region of France was documented in Champlain, Quebec, in 1694.