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Vasseur : 1: French: status name from Old French vasseor vasseur a short form of vavasour a term of the feudal system for a tenant ranking immediately below a baron. Such a tenant would have been a prosperous man and the surname may have been used for someone in his service more often than for the man himself. The term vavasour is probably derived from medieval Latin vassus vassorum ‘vassal of vassals’ i.e. vassal-in-chief. Compare Levasseur Vassar and Vasser.2: Shortened form of French Levasseur a variant of 1 with fused masculine definite article le.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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