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Where did the English Vyse family come from? What is the English Vyse family crest and coat of arms? When did the Vyse family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Vyse family history?

The Vyse surname is thought to be derived from the Old French word "devise," meaning a "dweller at the boundary." It falls into the class of local names, that is, names derived from a place where the original bearer once lived or held land. It is plausible that some bearers of Vyse took the name from one of several places in England: Viza in Ashwater, county Devon, Vyse Wood in Morthoe, county Devon, or Devizes in Wiltshire.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Devise, Vises,Vize, Vise, Vice and others.

First found in Sussex, where Robert atte Vise was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for that county in the year 1327.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vyse research. Another 293 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1330 and 1601 are included under the topic Early Vyse History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Vyse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vyse Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Vyse, who landed in New York, NY in 1841
  • Thomas Vyse, who arrived in New York city in 1845
  • Thomas Vyse, who landed in New York in 1845
  • John Vyse, who was naturalized in Iroquois Co. IL in 1884
  • John Vyse, who arrived in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1884

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  • Charles Vyse (1882-1971), English potter from Staffordshire
  • Ruth Vyse, University of London Archivist from 1994
  • Stuart A Vyse, Associate Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College


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The Vyse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vyse Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 16 March 2010 at 08:17.

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