Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • French : from Old French vignes ‘vines’, a metonymic occupational name for the owner of a vineyard or a vine dresser, or a habitational name from any of several places named with this word.
  • Norwegian (also Vigness) : habitational name from a farm name in Ryfylke; the first element is of uncertain origin, the second element is nes ‘headland’, ‘promontory’.