The name Villiars came to England
with the ancestors of the Villiars family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Villiars family 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 Villiars family
The surname Villiars 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 Villiars family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Villiars 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 Villiars History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Villiars Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Villiars are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Villiars 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 Villiars 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 Villiars Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Villiars family to Ireland
Some of the Villiars 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 Villiars family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Villiars, 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 Villiars 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.