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The surname Vaughn 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 Vaughn 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.

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Vaughn has occasionally been spelled Vaughan, Vaughn and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vaughn 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 Vaughn 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 of Carmarthenshire (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 Vaughn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Vaughn 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 is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Vaughn:

Vaughn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Vaughn, who landed in Virginia in 1707
  • William Vaughn, who landed in South Carolina in 1728
  • Richard Vaughn, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Vaughn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Vaughn, who landed in Indiana in 1854
  • Patrick Vaughn, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1859
  • Thomas Vaughn, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860
  • James Vaughn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1862
  • William Vaughn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • ...

Vaughn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • C. Winfred Vaughn, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Irene Vaughn, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Herbert Vaughn, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • Henry Vaughn, aged 8, who settled in America from Blackpool, England, in 1909
  • Gwyn Vaughn, aged 6, who settled in America from Blackpool, England, in 1909
  • ...

Vaughn Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Annie Vaughn, aged 45, who settled in Halifax, Canada, in 1924

  • William Richard "Billy" Vaughn (1919-1991), American singer, multi-instrumentalist and orchestra leader
  • Jack Hood Vaughn (1920-2012), American 2nd Director of the United States Peace Corps
  • Kia Vaughn (b. 1987), American professional women's basketball player for the WNBA's Washington Mystics
  • Maurice Samuel "Mo" Vaughn (b. 1967), nicknamed "The Hit Dog", American former Major League Baseball first baseman who played from 1991 to 2003, Silver Slugger Award (1995)
  • Jacque Vaughn (b. 1975), American retired professional basketball player, current head coach of the Orlando Magic
  • Charles "Chico" Vaughn (1940-2013), American NBA basketball player who played from 1962 to 1970
  • Terri J. Vaughn (b. 1969), American three-time Image Award winning actress, best known for her work on The Steve Harvey Show (1996)
  • Jason Vaughn (b. 1977), American actor, known for his role in Star Trek (2009)
  • Lawson Vaughn (b. 1984), American soccer player who played from 2006 to 2010
  • Terry Vaughn (b. 1973), American soccer/football referee for FIFA since 2004
  • ...

  • The Vaughn/Cross Family Book by James E. Coles.
  • Boone, Eller, Sledge, Vaughn and Related Families by Jesse H. Boone.

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 inultus
Motto Translation: I will not return unrevenged.


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    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    The Vaughn Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Vaughn 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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