The ancestors of the Vilieres family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Leicestershire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Villiers, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Vilieres family
The surname Vilieres was first found in Leicestershire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Rokesby from the time of the Norman Conquest
by Duke William in 1066 A.D. Galderfridus de Villers of St. Evroult, accompanied Duke William into England
with his son, Pagan de Villiers, who obtained the barony of Warrington in Lancashire
and was also Lord of Crosby in that same shire. Interestingly, "the present coat of arms is said to have been assumed in the reign of Edward I., as a badge of Sir Richard de Villars' services in the crusades." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The previous shield was "Sable, three cinquefoils argent."
Early History of the Vilieres family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vilieres research.Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1544, 1531, 1532, 1537, 1538, 1539, 1550, 1606, 1574, 1626, 1621, 1625, 1620, 1689, 1656, 1711, 1591, 1657, 1592, 1628, 1628, 1687, 1682, 1721, 1654, 1693 and 1907 are included under the topic Early Vilieres History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vilieres Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Villers, Villiers, Villieres, Vilers, Viliers, Vilieres, Villars, Villere, Viller, Villier, Villiere, Viler, Vilier, Viliere, Villar, Villere, Devillieres and many more.
Early Notables of the Vilieres family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Villers of Brooksby; and his son, Sir John Villers (1485-1544), of Brooksby Hall, Leicestershire
, an English politician, High Sheriff
for 1531-1532 and 1537-1538, Member of the Parliament for Leicestershire
in 1539; Sir George Villiers, of Brokesby (1550-1606)... Another 97 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vilieres Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vilieres family to Ireland
Some of the Vilieres family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 197 words (14 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 Vilieres family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Vilieres or a variant listed above: A. Villiers who settled in New Orleans La. in 1822; another A. Villiers settled in New York state in 1823; M. C. Villiers settled in New Orleans La. in 1823.
The Vilieres 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: Fidei coticula crux
Motto Translation: The cross is the test of truth.