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The surname Vaughan is derived from the Welsh
words fychan, vychan, and bychan, which all mean small or little. The name was sometimes used to distinguish the younger of two bearers of the same personal name; and in other instances, it may have been a nickname
, applied ironically, to a tall person.
The surname Vaughan was first found in Shropshire
, where they were descended from Tudor Trevor, the Earl of Hereford, and Lord of Maylors. His wife was descended from Howel Dda, King of South Wales
, in 907. Descended was Gronwy, Earl of Hereford, through a series of Lords of Maylors and Oswestry
. They descended to John Vaughan, son of Rhys Ap Llewellyn, of Plas Thomas in Shrewsbury.
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. Clerks would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Vaughan name over the years has been spelled Vaughan, Vaughn and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vaughan research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1587, 1659, 1621, 1629, 1640, 1644, 1620, 1592, 1667, 1621, 1666, 1603, 1674, 1661, 1626, 1661, 1587, 1659, 1621, 1644, 1613, 1676, 1600, 1686, 1660, 1672, 1621, 1695, 1621, 1666, 1683, 1679, 1681, 1639, 1713, 1675, 1678 and are included under the topic Early Vaughan History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Henry Vaughan the elder (1587?-1659), a Welsh
politician, Member of Parliament for Carmarthen (1621-1629), Member of Parliament for Carmarthenshire
(1640-1644), High Sheriff
(1620); Robert Powell Vaughan ( ca.
1592-1667), an eminent Welsh
antiquary and collector of manuscripts; Thomas Vaughan...
Another 159 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vaughan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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Some of the Vaughan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
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joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh
families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh
immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Vaughan:
Vaughan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- George Vaughan settled in Maine in 1629
- Patrick Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1635
- Rowland Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1635
- Davie Vaughan, aged 18, arrived in Virginia in 1635
- Jo Vaughan, aged 17, arrived in Virginia in 1635
Vaughan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Heather Vaughan, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
- Ambrose Vaughan, who landed in Virginia in 1711
- Mary Vaughan, who landed in Virginia in 1719
- George Vaughan, who arrived in Maryland in 1740
- Richard Vaughan, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
Vaughan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francis W Vaughan, aged 16, landed in Georgia in 1812
- James Vaughan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
- Y Vaughan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
- Lumon Vaughan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836
- Henry Vaughan, aged 28, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1852
Vaughan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Vaughan from Milford Haven settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1825
- Robert Vaughan, who arrived in Canada in 1831
- William Vaughan was a planter in Mulleys Cove in Conception Bay, Newfoundland in 1844
Vaughan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Michael Vaughan, a stone-mason, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Richard Vaughan, Welsh convict from Glamorgan, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- John Vaughan, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Richard Vaughan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848
- Thomas Vaughan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
Vaughan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Vaughan landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
- James Vaughan, aged 37, a plumber, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Jane Vaughan, aged 37, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Augustus Vaughan, aged 13, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Thomas Vaughan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
- Jimmie Lawrence Vaughan (b. 1951), American blues rock guitarist and singer, older brother of Stevie Vaughan
- Stephen Ray "Stevie" Vaughan (1954-1990), American six-time Grammy Award winning musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014
- Sarah Lois Vaughan (1924-1990), American jazz singer
- Charles Wesley "Pug" Vaughan (1911-1964), American football running back
- Thomas Wayland Vaughan (1870-1952), American geologist and oceanographer who worked with the United States Geological Survey
- Robert Charles "Bob" Vaughan FRS (b. 1945), British mathematician, known for his work in the field of analytic number theory, fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012
- Brian K. Vaughan (b. 1976), American comic book and television writer, best known for the comic book series Y: The Last Man, Ex Ma China, Runaways, Pride of Baghdad, and Saga, nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Dramatic Series in 2009
- Stephen Ray "Stevie" Vaughan (1954-1990), American blues singer/musician
- James Lawrence "Jimmie" Vaughan (b. 1951), American blues guitarist and singer
- Sarah Lois "Sassy" Vaughan (1924-1990), award-winning American jazz singer
- Mrs. Catherine Vaughan, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Master Bernard Vaughan (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Mrs. Mary Vaughan (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Mr. William M Vaughan (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Miss Dorothy Vaughan (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Mr. Robert H Vaughan, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- Mr. William Vaughan, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
- Mr. Walworth Gwyn Jenkin Vaughan, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
- John Vaughan Settled Newport, Rhode Island, 1638 by Herman Vaughan Griffin.
- Vaughan Pioneers: William and Fereby Vaughan Of Russell County, Virginia by Lewis Elmo Vaughan.
- Vauhgans in Wales & America by James E. Vaughan.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto. Motto:
Non revertar inultusMotto Translation:
I will not return unrevenged.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
The Vaughan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vaughan 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.
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