Vail History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Vail is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Vail family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Vail family lived in Northumberland. Their name, however, is a reference to La Val, in the lower Marne valley of Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old French word val, meaning valley.
The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae listed Roger de la Vale in Normandy in 1180. 
Early Origins of the Vail family
The surname Vail was first found in Northumberland where they were granted land by William the Conqueror. The family were originally known as Delaval and took their name from the Castle of La Val in the lower Marne valley in Normandy.
Some of the first records of the family were found north, in Scotland. "About 1190 Gilbert de la Val witnessed a charter by William de Hauekeristone of certain lands in the territory of Innerwick to the Abbey of Kelso. " 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Eustace del Val and Hugh de la Val as holding lands in Northumberland at that time. 
Early History of the Vail family
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Vail Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Vail have been found, including Vale, Vail, Veil, Fale, Fail and others.
Early Notables of the Vail family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Vail is the 2,913rd most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. 
Migration of the Vail family to Ireland
Some of the Vail family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Vail were among those contributors:
Vail Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Vail Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Vail Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Vail Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Vail Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
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: In te domine speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.