Vessey is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vessey family lived in Northampton
. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Vassy, Normandy
. One of the first records of the name was Robertus Invesiatus, Lascivus which appeared in the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
in Essex CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
. Other records show the name was originally De Vesci, which was a baronial name, a branch of the De Burgh family.
Early Origins of the Vessey family
The surname Vessey 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. 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.
Early History of the Vessey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vessey research.Another 407 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1313, 1500, 1589, 1661, 1462, 1554, 1674 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Vessey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vessey 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 Vessey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vessey family to Ireland
Some of the Vessey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 59 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 Vessey family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Vessey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Vessey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The BOLTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Bolton.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Vessey (post 1700)
- John William Vessey Jr. (1922-2016), American military officer, 10th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1982-1985), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Tricia Vessey (b. 1972), American actress, known for Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Bean (1997) and Trouble Every Day (2001)
- Robert Scadden Vessey (1858-1929), American politician 7th Governor of South Dakota (1909-1913)
- Maggie Vessey (b. 1981), American athlete who competes in middle distance track events
- Robert Scadden Vessey (1858-1929), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 19th District, 1905-08; Governor of South Dakota, 1909-13 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Robert Vessey, Canadian politician, MLA for York-Oyster Bed, Prince Edward Island (2007-)
The Vessey 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.