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The ancestors of the Viel family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Viel is for a calf-heard which was in turn derived from the Old French word veel, meaning calf.

Viel Early Origins



The surname Viel was first found in Gloucestershire where two knights by the name De Vile were honored in the Honour Roll of Battle Abbey in 1066 and were granted lands in that shire.

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Viel Spelling Variations


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Viel Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Viel family name include Veale, Veal, Viall, Vile, Viell and others.

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Viel Early History


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Viel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Viel research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Viel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Viel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Viel Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Viel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Viel In Ireland


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Viel In Ireland



Some of the Viel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Viel family to immigrate North America:

Viel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Maria Viel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Maria Viel, who arrived in America in 1742
  • Johann Jacob Viel, who landed in America in 1767

Viel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Viel, aged 27, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Viel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Viel (post 1700)



  • Cristián Enrique Viel Temperley (b. 1967), former Argentine rugby union player

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Viel Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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    The Viel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Viel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 15 October 2016 at 09:02.

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