Villiere is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Villiere 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 Villiere family
The surname Villiere 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 Villiere family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Villiere 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 Villiere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Villiere Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Villers, Villiers, Villieres, Vilers, Viliers, Vilieres, Villars, Villere, Viller, Villier, Villiere, Viler, Vilier, Viliere, Villar, Villere, Devillieres and many more.
Early Notables of the Villiere 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 Villiere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Villiere family to Ireland
Some of the Villiere 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 Villiere family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Villiere 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Villiere (post 1700)
- Claude Villiere, meat producer, Paris
The Villiere 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.