Vawdray is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vawdray 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 Vawdray family
The surname Vawdray was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Boden. They were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
at Hastings in 1066 A.D. This noble family were under tenants of the great Earl Hugh of Chester. The Vawdrey family were originally of the French Comte and held a family seat at the Chateau Vawdrey and were Lords of St. Fallen Champagne
, the Comtes de Bourgoyne. The Chateau Vawdrey can be seen between Dole and Salins.
Early History of the Vawdray family
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Vawdray Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Vawdray 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 Vawdray include Vawdrey, Vawdray, Vadrey, Vawdry, De Vawdry, De Vaudry, De Vawdrey, De Vaudrey and many more.
Early Notables of the Vawdray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vawdray family to the New World and Oceana
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
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 Vawdray, or a variant listed above: Daniel Vaudrey, who settled in Virginia in 1683; and Edward Vadry who came to North America in 1710.