Vess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Vess surname is thought to be derived from the Old French word "devise," meaning a "dweller at the boundary." It falls into the class of local names, that is, names derived from a place where the original bearer once lived or held land. It is plausible that some bearers of Vess took the name from one of several places in England: Viza in Ashwater, county Devon, Vyse Wood in Morthoe, county Devon, or Devizes in Wiltshire.

Early Origins of the Vess family

The surname Vess was first found in Sussex, where Robert atte Vise was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for that county in the year 1327. [1] "Vyse is the name of an old Elstree family. John Vyse was vicar of Willian in the reign of Henry VIII. " [2]

Early History of the Vess family

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Vess Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Devise, Vises,Vize, Vise, Vice and others.

Early Notables of the Vess family (pre 1700)

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Vess Ranking

In the United States, the name Vess is the 12,924th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]


United States Vess migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Franz Vess, aged 43, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1844 [4]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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