England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Devawdrey family lived in Cheshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Vaudrey, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Early Origins of the Devawdrey family
Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Boden. They were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066 A.D. This noble family were under tenants of the great Earl Hugh of Chester. The Vawdrey family were originally of the French Comte and held a family seat at the Chateau Vawdrey and were Lords of St. Fallen Champagne, the Comtes de Bourgoyne. The Chateau Vawdrey can be seen between Dole and Salins.
Early History of the Devawdrey family
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Devawdrey Spelling Variations
spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Vawdrey, Vawdray, Vadrey, Vawdry, De Vawdry, De Vaudry, De Vawdrey, De Vaudrey and many more.
Early Notables of the Devawdrey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Devawdrey family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Devawdrey or a variant listed above were: Daniel Vaudrey, who settled in Virginia in 1683; and Edward Vadry who came to North America in 1710.
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