Early Origins of the Vassell family
The surname Vassell was first found in Hampshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, at Milford in the county of Southampton, now generally known as Hampshire
, before and after Norman Conquest
Early History of the Vassell family
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Vassell Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Vassell has been spelled many different ways, including Vassell, Vassel and others.
Early Notables of the Vassell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vassell family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Vassells to arrive in North America:
Vassell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mathew Vassell, who settled in Barbados in 1669
Vassell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Leonard Vassell, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1712 with his wife, son, and daughter
- Lenord Vassell, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712 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)
- Leonard Vassell, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1723
The Vassell 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: Sæpe pro Rege, semper pro Republica
Motto Translation: Often for the king, always for the state.