The Vesk surname comes from the Anglo-Norman French "l’eveske," meaning "the bishop," which was wrongly rendered as le vesk, which in turn became Vesk, and later Veck or Vick. The name was likely originally either a nickname
or an occupational
Early Origins of the Vesk family
The surname Vesk was first found in Lincolnshire
where a Henry le Euske was on record in the Assize Rolls in 1218; Richard Veke was listed in Wiltshire
around 1248; Robert Vesk was listed in 1275 in the Subsidy Rolls
or Worcester; A Robert le Veck was listed in 1279 in Cambridgeshire
in the Rotuli Hundredorum; and Richard le Veske was listed in 1296 in the Sudsidy Rolls of Sussex.
Early History of the Vesk family
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Vesk 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 Vick, Veck, Vesk, Levick and others.
Early Notables of the Vesk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vesk 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 Vesk or a variant listed above: Mary Vick, who arrived in Barbados in 1685; Samuel Vick, who came to New York in 1812; Charles Vick, who arrived in Allegheny Co., PA in 1835; and James Vick, who settled in New York in 1836..