Show ContentsFacey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Facey reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Facey family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Facey family lived in Northampton. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Vassy, Normandy. One of the first records of the name was Robertus Invesiatus, Lascivus which appeared in the Domesday Book [1] in Essex [2]. Other records show the name was originally De Vesci, which was a baronial name, a branch of the De Burgh family. [3]

Eustace de Vescy or Vesci, Baron Vesci (1170?-1216), "son of William de Vesci and Burga de Stuteville, paid his relief on coming of age in 2 Richard I (1191-1192). He was with the king in Palestine in 1195. John de Vescy (d. 1289) was eldest son of William de Vescy (d. 1253), and elder brother of William de Vescy. In 1253, on the death of his father in Gascony, he succeeded to the family estates. These included the barony of Alnwick and a large property in Northumberland." [4]

Early Origins of the Facey family

The surname Facey was first found in Northampton where Robert de Vassy (Veci) and his brother Ivo were granted nineteen Lordships in that county and overlapping into Warwick, Lincoln, and Leicester, by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

"The 'Sires de Waacie,' spoken of by Wace at the battle of Hastings, were Robert, who in 1086 held a great barony in Northants, Warwick, Lincoln, and Leicester; and Ivo, who does not appear even as a mesne-lord in Domesday. Yet we hear nothing more either of Robert or his possessions, and the whole history of the family centres on Ivo, and Ivo's posterity." [5]

Ivo (John) won the hand of Alda, daughter of Gilbert, Lord of Alnwick in Northumberland and the family claim considerable prominence as the Lords of Vesey from which Lords Fitzgerald and Vesei claim descent.

Further to the south in Tamerton, Cornwall, "Vacye was for some time the seat of a family of this name; but it is at present the property and residence of George Call, Esq. The church of Tamerton contains several memorials for the family of Vacye." [6]

Early History of the Facey family

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Facey Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Facey include Feasey, Feasy, Fessey, Fassey, Fessys, Fressis, Veasey, Vassey, Vassy, Vesci, Vezey, Vezay, Vesey, Vessey and many more.

Early Notables of the Facey family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Facey family to Ireland

Some of the Facey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Facey migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Faceys to arrive on North American shores:

Facey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wm. J. Facey, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • George S. Facey, aged 59, who immigrated to America, in 1895
Facey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Isabelle Facey, aged 56, who immigrated to the United States from Kingston, in 1905
  • Mr. Facey, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Canterbury, in 1906
  • Frank Facey, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Stoke, England, in 1906
  • Annie Facey, aged 29, who immigrated to America from Favistock, England, in 1909
  • William Hy. Facey, aged 28, who landed in America from Favistock, England, in 1909
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Canada Facey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Facey Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Agnes Facey, aged 27, who immigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1906
  • Bessie Facey, aged 23, who settled in Newfoundland, in 1908
  • Robert Facey, aged 59, who immigrated to Trinity, Newfoundland in 1908
  • Carolina Facey, aged 66, who immigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1913
  • Silas Facey, aged 53, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1919
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Australia Facey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Facey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Facey (post 1700) +

  • Ferdinand A. "Fred" Facey (1930-2003), American radio and television announcer
  • Tom Facey, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Montana State Senate 48th District; Elected 2010 [8]
  • J. Frank Facey (1863-1943), American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1932 [8]
  • Mr. Hugh David Facey O.B.E., M.B.E. (b. 1945), British Managing Director and Chairman for Gripple Ltd and Loadhog Ltd, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Manufacturing, to Innovation, to Exports and to Employee Ownership [9]
  • Danny Facey, Grenadian international footballer
  • Simone Facey (b. 1985), British-born, Jamaican gold and silver medalist sprinter
  • Albert Barnett "Bert" Facey (1894-1982), Australian writer, best known for his autobiography, A Fortunate Life which was made into a four part television movie in 1985
  • Delroy Michael Facey (b. 1980), British-born, Grenadian professional footballer

The Facey Motto +

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: Sub hoc signo vinces
Motto Translation: Under this sign we shall conquer.

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  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  6. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  7. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from
  9. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook