This French and English surname of VALLOTT was an occupational name for a manservant. The name was originally derived from the Old French word VASLET. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. Other spellings of the name include VALLOTTON, VALLET, VALETT, VAYLET, LE VALLET, VALLOT, VARLOT, VALETON and VALTIN, to name but a few. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, and the earliest of the name on record appears to be Adam VALLET, who was documented during the reign of Edward II (1307-1327). Walter VALLET was recorded in County Somerset circa. 1377. French, or rather Norman French, was the language of the aristocracy and the upper classes in England at the time fixed surnames were being developed, it is therefore not surprising that many of our well-known family names are derived from French words. Originally only Christian or personal names were used, and although a few came into being during the 10th century, surnames were not widely used until much later, when people began to realize the prestige of having a second name. Felix VALLOTTON (1865-1925) was the Swiss-born French painter, born in Lausanne. He studied at the Academy Julian. Early in his career he copied the old masters in the Louvre and made engravings. His most notable works were wood engravings which were immensely popular and brought him immediate success. As early as the year 1100, it was quite common for English people to give French names to their children, and the earliest instances are found among the upper classes, both the clergy and the patrician families. The Norman-French names used were generally the names most commonly used by the Normans, who had introduced them into England during the Norman Invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066.
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