Origins Available: English
The name Vallay came to England
with the ancestors of the Vallay family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vallay 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 Vallay family
The surname Vallay 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 Vallay family
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Vallay Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Vale, Vail, Veil and others.
Early Notables of the Vallay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vallay family to Ireland
Some of the Vallay 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 Vallay family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Vallay or a variant listed above: Nicholas Veal was a Cooper of St. John's Newfoundland in 1776; David Vale from Waterford
was married in St. John's Newfoundland in 1808; John and Margaret Vale arrived in New York state in 1811.
The Vallay 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.