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Where did the Scottish Vaught family come from? What is the Scottish Vaught family crest and coat of arms? When did the Vaught family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Vaught family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Waugh, Wauchope, Waughe, Walge, Wach, Walcht and others.

First found in Dumfriesshire, where they held a family seat in Wauchopedale from about the year 1150. Robert de Wauchope was one of twelve knights who negotiated the law of the border territories in 1249.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vaught research. Another 317 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1590, 1672, 1656, 1734, 1723, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Vaught History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vaught Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Vaught family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Mathew Waugh, a soldier, settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1837; John Wauchope settled in Philadelphia in 1825; Dorothy Waugh settled in New England in 1656.

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  • Robert Lawson Vaught (1926-2002), American mathematician at the University of Berkeley
  • John Howard Vaught (1909-2006), American college football coach
  • Loy Stephen Vaught (b. 1967), retired American professional NBA basketball player
  • James B. Vaught (1926-2013), United States Army General, combat veteran of three wars


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  • My Folks: Pritchard, Vaught, Beasley, Sargent by Thelma Sargent.
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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: Industria ditat
Motto Translation: Industry enriches.

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  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  8. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  9. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Vaught Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vaught Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 7 December 2014 at 15:12.

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