Valey is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Valey 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
in 1066. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old French word val,
Early Origins of the Valey family
The surname Valey 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.
Early History of the Valey family
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Valey Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Valey family name include Vale, Vail, Veil and others.
Early Notables of the Valey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Valey family to Ireland
Some of the Valey 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.
Migration of the Valey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Valey family to immigrate North America:
Valey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Elisha Valey, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1812 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Valey 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.