Vawdey is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vawdey 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 Vawdey family
The surname Vawdey 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 Vawdey family
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Vawdey Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Vaudrey, Vaudraw, Vaudray and others.
Early Notables of the Vawdey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vawdey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Vawdey or a variant listed above: Daniel Vaudrey, who settled in Virginia in 1683; and Edward Vadry who came to North America in 1710.