Origins Available: English
Velis is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Velis family lived in Northumberland
. Their name, however, is a reference to La Val,
in the lower Marne valley of Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old French word val,
Early Origins of the Velis family
The surname Velis was first found in Northumberland
where they were granted land by William the Conqueror. The family originally Delaval took their name from the Castle of La Val in the lower Marne valley in Normandy.
Early History of the Velis family
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Velis Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Velis include Vale, Vail, Veil and others.
Early Notables of the Velis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Velis family to Ireland
Some of the Velis family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Velis family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Veliss to arrive on North American shores: Nicholas Veal was a Cooper of St. John's Newfoundland in 1776; David Vale from Waterford
was married in St. John's Newfoundland in 1808; John and Margaret Vale arrived in New York state in 1811.
The Velis 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: In te domine speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.