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The name Villers reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Villers family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Villers family lived in Leicestershire. Their name, however, is a reference to Villiers, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Villers Early Origins



The surname Villers 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 of England 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." [1]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."

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Villers Spelling Variations


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Villers 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 Villers family name include Villers, Villiers, Villieres, Vilers, Viliers, Vilieres, Villars, Villere, Viller, Villier, Villiere, Viler, Vilier, Viliere, Villar, Villere, Devillieres and many more.

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Villers Early History


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Villers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Villers 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 Villers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Villers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Villers Early Notables (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 of Warwickshire and Leicestershire 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 Villers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Villers In Ireland


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Villers In Ireland



Some of the Villers 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.

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The Great Migration


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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 Villers family to immigrate North America:

Villers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Villers settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Elizabeth Villers settled in Virginia in 1670
  • Oliver Villers, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Villers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Cornelia Villers, who landed in Virginia in 1703

Villers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • S. Villers settled in New Orleans in the same year
  • S. Villers, aged 37, settled in New Orleans in 1823
  • A S Villers, aged 23, landed in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Carlos A Villers, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1862

Villers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


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Contemporary Notables of the name Villers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Villers (post 1700)



  • Philippe Villers, French-born, American entrepreneur who co-founded Computervision with Marty Allen in 1969
  • Raido Villers (b. 1982), Estonian professional basketball player
  • Marie-Denise Villers (1774-1821), French portrait painter
  • Charles Joseph de Villers (1724-1810), French naturalist
  • Charles François Dominique de Villers (1765-1815), French philosopher
  • André Villers (b. 1930), French photographer and artist

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. 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.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. 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. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Villers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Villers 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.

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