Veazey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Veazey arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Veazey family lived in Northampton. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Vassy, Normandy. One of the first records of the name was Robertus Invesiatus, Lascivus which appeared in the Domesday Book  in Essex . Other records show the name was originally De Vesci, which was a baronial name, a branch of the De Burgh family. 
Eustace de Vescy or Vesci, Baron Vesci (1170?-1216), "son of William de Vesci and Burga de Stuteville, paid his relief on coming of age in 2 Richard I (1191-1192). He was with the king in Palestine in 1195. John de Vescy (d. 1289) was eldest son of William de Vescy (d. 1253), and elder brother of William de Vescy. In 1253, on the death of his father in Gascony, he succeeded to the family estates. These included the barony of Alnwick and a large property in Northumberland." 
Early Origins of the Veazey family
The surname Veazey was first found in Northampton where Robert de Vassy (Veci) and his brother Ivo were granted nineteen Lordships in that county and overlapping into Warwick, Lincoln, and Leicester, by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
"The 'Sires de Waacie,' spoken of by Wace at the battle of Hastings, were Robert, who in 1086 held a great barony in Northants, Warwick, Lincoln, and Leicester; and Ivo, who does not appear even as a mesne-lord in Domesday. Yet we hear nothing more either of Robert or his possessions, and the whole history of the family centres on Ivo, and Ivo's posterity." 
Ivo (John) won the hand of Alda, daughter of Gilbert, Lord of Alnwick in Northumberland and the family claim considerable prominence as the Lords of Vesey from which Lords Fitzgerald and Vesei claim descent.
Further to the south in Tamerton, Cornwall, "Vacye was for some time the seat of a family of this name; but it is at present the property and residence of George Call, Esq. The church of Tamerton contains several memorials for the family of Vacye." 
Early History of the Veazey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Veazey research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1313, 1500, 1589, 1661, 1462, 1554, 1470, 1674 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Veazey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Veazey Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Feasey, Feasy, Fessey, Fassey, Fessys, Fressis, Veasey, Vassey, Vassy, Vesci, Vezey, Vezay, Vesey, Vessey and many more.
Early Notables of the Veazey family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Veazey is the 12,926th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Veazey family to Ireland
Some of the Veazey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Veazey migration to the United States +
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Veazey name or one of its variants:
Veazey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Veazey, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1632 
- William Veazey, who arrived in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1646 
Veazey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- W.G. Veazey, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1896
Veazey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Thomas Veazey, aged 32, who landed in America from London, in 1906
- Albert Veazey, aged 30, who landed in America from Rio de Janeiro, in 1906
- Gertrude Thompson Veazey, aged 40, who immigrated to America from Norwich, England, in 1908
- Sam Veazey, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1919
- Minor Veazey, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921
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Veazey migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Veazey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Sarah A. Veazey, aged 19, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873 
Contemporary Notables of the name Veazey (post 1700) +
- Stephen Mark Veazey, American current Prophet-President of the Community of Christ, Independence, Missouri
- Wheelock Graves Veazey (1835-1898), American attorney, judge, and government official, recipient of the Medal of Honor during the American Civil War
- Thomas Ward Veazey (1774-1842), American politician, 24th Governor of Maryland (1836 to 1839)
- Vance Veazey (b. 1965), American PGA professional golfer
- Wheelock G. Veazey, American politician, Justice of Vermont State Supreme Court, 1889; Member, Interstate Commerce Commission, 1889-96 
- Thomas Ward Veazey (1774-1842), American politician, Presidential Elector for Maryland, 1808, 1812; Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1811-12; Governor of Maryland, 1836-39 
- I. Parker Veazey, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Baltimore, Maryland, 1885-86 
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The Veazey Motto +
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: Sub hoc signo vinces
Motto Translation: Under this sign we shall conquer.
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