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Vaudrey is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Vaudrey family lived in Cheshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Vaudrey, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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The surname Vaudrey 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.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Vaudrey are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Vaudrey include Vaudrey, Vaudraw, Vaudray and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vaudrey research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vaudrey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Vaudrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Vaudrey, or a variant listed above:

Vaudrey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Daniel Vaudrey, who settled in Virginia in 1683

Vaudrey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jean-Baptiste Vaudrey who settled in Louisiana in 1780

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  • Emma Lucy Vaudrey, American actress, known for her work on Nice Guy Eddie (2001), Springhill (1996) and Following The Wicca Man (2013)


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  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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