The history of the Vawdrie family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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 Vawdrie family
The surname Vawdrie 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 Vawdrie family
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Vawdrie Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Vaudrey, Vaudraw, Vaudray and others.
Early Notables of the Vawdrie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vawdrie family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Vawdrie or a variant listed above were: Daniel Vaudrey, who settled in Virginia in 1683; and Edward Vadry who came to North America in 1710.