Videll History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Videll family

The surname Videll was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of lands in Devon held by Vitalis of Berny, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Abbot Vitalis was Abbot of Westminster in 1076. He had 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 [2]
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 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Videll (post 1700) +

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




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