Videll History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This noble family claim descent from the Normans, specifically from the Latin name Vitalis, which is derived from the Old French names Vitel, Viel, the name of some ten saints (Latin vitalis 'pertaining to life, vital'), and became common in England after the Conquest both in its learned form Vitalis and in the northern French form Viel. The absence of early forms of Vidal suggests that this was a later immigrant from Languedoc. Viel also survives as Veal. Vital may also be attributive from Middle English vital in the sense 'full of vitality' [1]

Early Origins of the Videll family

The surname Videll was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where the early Latin spellings Vitalis, Vitel and Fitel were listed. In Devon, the Domesday Book records Vitalis de Colintone as holding lands there at that time. [2] [1]

The lands of Devon were held by Vitalis of Berny. Abbot Vitalis was Abbot of Westminster in 1076 and he may have been at the confirmation of Duke William as King of England at Lillebonne in Normandy in 1061.

Early History of the Videll family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Videll research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1194, 1327, 1510, 1600, 1041, 1191, 1543, 1153, 1476, 1474, 1629, 1744, 1632, 1708, 1648, 1674 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Videll History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Videll Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Videll were recorded, including Vial, Vidal, Vital, Viall, Veel, Vele, Veil, Veele, Vidall, Vital, Vitall, Viel and many more.

Early Notables of the Videll family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Veel or Veal (1632?-1708), an English nonconformist tutor, of good family, and born, probably in Gloucestershire. Robert...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Videll Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Videll family to Ireland

Some of the Videll family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Videll migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Videll arrived in North America very early:

Videll Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Axel Videll, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Liverpool, England [3]
Videll Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alice Francis Videll, aged 18, originally from Vammerby, Sweden, arrived in New York, New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Drottningholm" from Gothenburg, Sweden [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Videll (post 1700) +

  • Björn Linus Videll (b. 1985), Swedish professional ice hockey forward


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6TP-NY8 : 6 December 2014), Axel Videll, 08 Jun 1893; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Majestic (1890), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNNJ-KM3 : 6 December 2014), Alice Francis Videll, 09 Jan 1923; citing departure port Gothenburg, Sweden, arrival port New York, New York, ship name Drottningholm, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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