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Vavasour History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


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Vavasour is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Vavasour family lived in Yorkshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Le Vavassour, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Vavasour family


The surname Vavasour was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat anciently, after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They were originally from Le Vavassour in Normandy. The township of Spaldington in the East Riding of Yorkshire was an ancient home to the family. "Spaldington Hall, the seat of the ancient family of Vavasour, and a fine specimen of the Elizabethan style, was taken down in 1838." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The township of Willitoft, again in the East Riding of Yorkshire has another early listing for the family. "This place was formerly the residence of the Vavasour family; it is now the property of Colonel Wyndham, who is lord of the manor." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Early History of the Vavasour family


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Vavasour Spelling Variations


Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Vavasour, Vavasor, Vavazor and others.

Early Notables of the Vavasour family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Vavasour family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vavasour Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Vavasour from Dorset arrived with his parents in Tilt Cove, Newfoundland in 1850 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Vavasour Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Vavasour, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship George Fife
  • William Vavasour, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Vavasour (post 1700)


  • Sir Geoffrey Vavasour,

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Citations


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

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