Origins Available: English
The name Vaudray reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vaudray family lived in Cheshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Vaudrey, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Vaudray family
The surname Vaudray was first found in Cheshire
where they were descended from the Sires de Vaurdrai of Vaudrey in Normandy
, where this main line of the Vaudreys continued to flourish until King Louis IV.
Early History of the Vaudray family
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Vaudray 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 Vaudray family name include Vaudrey, Vaudraw, Vaudray and others.
Early Notables of the Vaudray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vaudray 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 Vaudray family to immigrate North America:
Vaudray Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Claude Antoine Vaudray, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 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)