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is a surname of French Huguenot
The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the 16th and 17th centuries. Since the 17th century, people who formerly would have been called Huguenots have instead simply been called French Protestants, a title suggested by their German co-religionists, the...
origin in South Africa
The Republic of South Africa is a country in southern Africa. Located at the southern tip of Africa, it is divided into nine provinces, with of coastline on the Atlantic and Indian oceans...
and all Viljoens are the descendants of Francois Villion, a free wagon maker who arrived as a Huguenot refugee at the Cape of Good Hope in October 1671 from Clermont, France. He married Cornelia Campenaar from Middelburg, Holland, in 1676 at the Cape of Good Hope. The couple settled on the farm Ida's Valley near Stellenbosch as freeburghers. Some well known descendants include the following:
- Barend Viljoen
Major-General Barend Viljoen OBE was a South African military commander. He joined the South African Air Force in 1927, and served in World War II. He was Air Chief of Staff from 1956 to 1965.-See also:*List of South African military chiefs...
(born 1908), South African military commander
- Ken Viljoen
Kenneth George Viljoen was a South African cricketer who played in 27 Tests from 1930 to 1949, but he is more greatly renowned in cricketing circles as a manager of post-World War II Springbok teams....
(1910-1974), South African cricketer and cricket manager
- Marais Viljoen
Marais Viljoen was the last ceremonial State President of South Africa from 4 June 1979 until 3 September 1984. Viljoen became the last of the ceremonial presidents of South Africa when he was succeeded in 1984 by an executive president, P. W. Botha.- Early life :Viljoen was the youngest of six...
(1915-2007), ceremonial State President of South Africa
- Gerrit Viljoen
Gerrit Van Niekerk Viljoen was a South African government minister and member of the National Party....
(born 1926), former South African government minister
- Constand Viljoen
General Constand Viljoen SSA SD SOE SM is a former South African military commander and politician. He is partly credited with preventing the outbreak of armed violence by disaffected Afrikaners prior to the 1994 elections.-Military service:Viljoen received a degree in military science in 1955...
(born 1933), former South African military commander and politician
- Jurie Viljoen
Johannes Jurie Viljoen is a Namibian politician. Viljoen was a member of the 4th National Assembly of Namibia from 2005-2010...
(born 1942), Namibian politician
- Lucas C Viljoen, (born 1943) pedagoque, pioneer of South Africa's parallel-medium schools
- Colin Viljoen
Colin Viljoen is a South Africa-born former footballer who played in midfield for English teams Ipswich Town, Manchester City and Chelsea. He also won two caps for England.-Biography:...
(born 1948), South African born former English international footballer
- Harry Viljoen, (born 1959) Coached the South African rugby team from 2000 to 2002
- Irene van Dyk
Irene van Dyk, MNZM is one of the world's best-known netball players and the most capped player of all time....
, née Viljoen (born 1972), South African and New Zealand international netballer
- Alwyn Viljoen, (born 1968) print and radio journalist
- Joggie Viljoen
Joachim Frederik "Joggie" Viljoen is a South African rugby union footballer who played at scrum-half for the South Africa national rugby union team during the late 1990s. Viljoen, a native of South Africa's Eastern Cape Province, currently resides in New Zealand and is the first choice scrum-half...
(born 1976), South African rugby union footballer
- Dirk Viljoen
Dirk Peter Viljoen is a former cricketer who played 2 Tests and 53 One Day Internationals for Zimbabwe. An allrounder, Viljoen bowled slow left arm orthodox and batted in the middle order, left-handed...
(born 1977), former cricketer
- Sunette Viljoen
Sunette Stella Viljoen is a South African javelin thrower, who has won gold at the Commonwealth Games and African Championships. She also made one Women's Test cricket and 17 Women's One Day International appearances for South Africa between 2000 and 2002.She won gold at the 2009 Summer...
(born 1983), South African javelin thrower
- Duane Viljoen, Namibian cricketer
- Lettie Viljoen
Lettie Viljoen was a pseudonym of the South African author Ingrid Winterbach, who primarily writes in Afrikaans. She is married to Andries Gouws and has two daughters. She lives in Durban....
, pseudonym of the South African author Ingrid Winterbach
- Nik Viljoen
Nicolas Viljoen is a football player who represented New Zealand at international level.Viljoen scored the winner after coming on as a substitute in his full All Whites debut, a 1-0 win over Oman on 29 September 1996 and ended his international playing career with 10 A-international caps and 3...
, New Zealand international football (soccer) player