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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.

Vail Early Origins



The surname Vail was first found in Northumberland where they were granted land by William the Conqueror. The family originally Delaval took their name from the Castle of La Val in the lower Marne valley in Normandy.

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Vail Spelling Variations


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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 and others.

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Vail Early History


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Vail Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vail research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1190 and 1364 are included under the topic Early Vail History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vail Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vail Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Vail Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vail In Ireland


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Vail In Ireland



Some of the Vail family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

  • Jeremiah Vail, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Thomas Vail, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1640

Vail Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Vail, who landed in Maryland in 1840
  • James Vail, aged 37, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840
  • John Vail, aged 33, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840
  • S T Vail, aged 34, landed in Key West, Fla in 1846
  • J Vail, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Vail Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Amelia Vail, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Bessie Vail, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Alice Vail, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Anna S. Vail, aged 45, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • Benjamin A. Vail, aged 67, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Vail Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Asher Vail U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Daniel Vail U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Isaac Vail U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Nathaniel Vail U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Peter Vail U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Vail Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Vail settled in Lower Island Cove, Newfoundland in 1858 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

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Contemporary Notables of the name Vail (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Vail (post 1700)



  • William Vail (1950-1974), American set decorator and actor, best known for his role as "Kirk" in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
  • Charles Henry Vail (1866-1924), American Universalist clergyman and Christian socialist political activist and writer
  • Stephen Vail (1780-1864), American founding partner of the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia
  • Rachel Vail (b. 1966), American author of children's and young adult books
  • Robert Garfield "Bob" Vail (1881-1942), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Louis D. Vail, American football coach
  • Henry Vail (1782-1853), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
  • Ira Vail (1893-1979), Canadian-American racecar driver
  • Aaron Vail (1796-1878), American Ambassador
  • Myrtle Vail (1888-1978), American actress and writer, known for her leading role in the radio soap opera Myrt and Marge
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Vail


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Suggested Readings for the name Vail



  • Joe Vail's Civil War by Joe Vail.

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Motto


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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: In te domine speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. 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).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

The Vail Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vail 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.

This page was last modified on 13 June 2016 at 15:32.

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