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Guillaume Vanier is surely one of the most popular Vanier because he is one of the first Vaniers in North America. He was born around 1645 at Ste-Catherine de Honfleur, Calvados, Normandie, France. He came to Quebec in 1668. He was a candle maker by trade and married Madeleine Bailly May 7, 1672. Madeleine Bailly is also part of Quebec history because she was one of the King's daughters; young women sent to New France (Canada) in the 17th century to marry a man and establish a family to colonize the territory. The majority were originating from the north west part of France, often orphans, raised in convents and penny less. Consult the archives section for more stories about Guillaume and Madeleine.


The famous French-Canadian singer Dame Emma Albani, born Marie-Louise Lajeunesse, is a descendant of Isabelle Vanier. She was a leading soprano who becaome an international star at the end of the 19th century. To know more about this great lady, consult the biography of Emma Albani on Wikipedia.


The most honorable Major General Georges Philias Vanier was a canadian diplomat and the nineteenth Governor General of Canada from 1959 to 1967. General Vanier also took part in the First World War and became the commanding officer of the the Royal 22e Régiment from 1926 to 1928, an infantry regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. To know more on the man, consult the biography of Georges Philias Vanier on Wikipedia.


Joseph Vanier, alias Reverend Brother Josaphat Vanier was born on February 9, 1902 in St-Faustin, Québec. He underwent his noviciate in 1915 with the "Frères du Sacré-Coeur", and pronounced his vow in 1918. He worked as teacher in St-Hyacinthe and in Montréal. From 1938 to 1943, he was director of "l'École Supérieure Richard" of Verdun, Québec.

He was successively Provincial Superior for his order in Québec from 1943 to 1946, then Vicar General of the "Institut Frères du Sacré-Coeur" (Rome, Italie) from 1946 to 1952. In 1952, he is elected as Superior General of the "Institut des Frères du Sacré-Coeur", a posting he will occupy from 1952 to 1964, where he is given the title Very Reverend Brother. He was the very first Canadian to be elected to this position (since then 3 other Canadians have occupied the role). In 1964, he decided to become a missonary brother in Sénégal. He then retired in Québec and died on March 10, 1982 in Granby. In his honor and memory, his religious order created a foundation in his name, "les Oeuvres Josaphat-Vanier".


Son of Georges Philias Vanier, Jean Vanier is a canadian personality who dedicates his time to the mentally handicapped; he is the founder of l'Arche International who welcomes persons who have a mental handicap. l'Arche International is present in 34 countries. Jean Vanier is also the co-founder of the international association Faith and Light. To know more on the man, consult the biography of Jean Vanier on Wikipedia.


Descendant of Anne Vanier, the Honorable Lucien Bouchard is a lawyer and ex-politician. He was minister of the Environment within the progressive-conservative government of Brian Mulroney, et then one of the founders and first leader of the Bloc québécois party. He wasleader of the official opposition from 1993 à 1996 in the canadian house of commons, and then premier of the province of Québec from 1996 to 2001. To know more on the man, consult the biography of Lucien Bouchard on Wikipedia.


Descendant of Marie Madeleine Vanier, Yann Martel is a world renowned writer. He was born in 1963 in Salamanque, Spain. Son of diplomats, he grew up is many places around the world. He went to University in Ontario, studying in philosophy and anthropology. After many small jobs, he decided to become a writer. Following a short story which won and award in Finland, the writer published his first novel in 1995, Self. During a pack packing trip in Asia, the idea of the Life of Pi emerges. Winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize, the book becomes a best seller with more than 7 million copies sold! His book, translated in over 40 languages, was brought to the big screen by the film maker Ang Lee. For more about the man, consult the biography of Yann Martel on Wikipedia.


Descendant of Marie-Françoise Vanier, Marc Labrèche is a québécois actor, comedien and host. Despite the fact that he’s not (yet) very publicly recognized in the U.S. or other parts of the world, he is quite well-known in French-Canadian circles. To know more on the man, consult the biography of Marc Labrèche on Wikipedia.


Descendant of Marie-Charlotte Vanier, Claude Charron is a former politician, author, reporter and radio and television host. He is a founding member of the Movement for Sovereignty-Association in Québéc in 1967 and one of the first elected member of the Parti québécois at the l'National Assembly of Quebec. During his political career, he occupied a number of ministerial positions in the cabinets of René Lévesque governments. To know more on the man, consult the biography of Claude Charron on Wikipedia.


Descendant of Olivine Vanier, Claude Legault is an actor and script writer in quebec. He has worked on many projects, including the series Dans une galaxie près de chez vous, the series Minuit, le soir, the series 19-2 and the the show Le Club des 100 watts. In 1982, he founded the Mouvement d'Improvisation de Montmorency (MIM), a college level improvisation team. To know more about his Filmography , consult the Claude Legault page on Wikipedia.


Athanase David
(avocat et homme politique québécois)


Paul David
(Médecin cardiologue)


Pierre David
(producteur de cinéma)


Françoise David
(militante et femme politique féministe)


Hélène David
(universitaire, femme politique québécoise)


Charles-Philippe David
(universitaire, femme politique québécoise)

Descendant of Angelique Vanier, the David Family is an impressive family with many members that became well know in politics and the culural scence in québec. Including Charles-Philippe David, Hélène David, Françoise David, all children of Paul David, and grand-children of Athanase David! For more information about this illustrious family, consult the Famille David (Québec) page on Wikipedia.


You can find the biographies of other well known persons of the world more with the family name Vanier on the French Wikipedia web site, although the relation with the Vaniers in North Ameria has not yet been determined.

Last updated 2018-01-17
Jean-Yves Vanier

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