Vales History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Today's generation of the Vales family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Vales 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 Vales family
The surname Vales 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 Vales family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vales research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1364, 1655, 1604, 1578, 1582, 1582 and 1583 are included under the topic Early Vales History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vales 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 Vales include Vale, Vail, Veil, Fale, Fail and others.
Early Notables of the Vales family (pre 1700)
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vales Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vales family to Ireland
Some of the Vales family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vales 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 Valess to arrive on North American shores:
Vales Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Heinr Jak Vales, who landed in America in 1852 
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The Vales 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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- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)