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Villiers is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Villiers 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.

Villiers Early Origins



The surname Villiers 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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Villiers Spelling Variations


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Villiers Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Villers, Villiers, Villieres, Vilers, Viliers, Vilieres, Villars, Villere, Viller, Villier, Villiere, Viler, Vilier, Viliere, Villar, Villere, Devillieres and many more.

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Villiers Early History


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Villiers Early History



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

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Villiers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Villiers 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 Villiers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Villiers In Ireland


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Villiers In Ireland



Some of the Villiers 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 persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Villiers or a variant listed above:

Villiers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A. Villiers who settled in New Orleans La. in 1822
  • A. Villiers settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • John Villiers, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1823
  • M. C. Villiers settled in New Orleans La. in 1823
  • A. Villiers settled in New York state in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Villiers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Hon. George Herbert Hyde Villiers, aged 6, who landed in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Adeleine Verna Isabel Villiers, aged 26, who settled in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Aaron A. Villiers, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, in 1917
  • Evelyn Villiers, aged 43, who landed in America from Woking, Eng., in 1918
  • Freda Villiers, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Villiers Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Adeluna Verena Villiers, aged 28, who settled in Pickering, Canada, in 1914
  • George Herbert Arthur Villiers, aged 7, who emigrated to Pickering, Ontario, in 1914

Villiers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Villiers landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Villiers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Villiers (post 1700)



  • John Villiers (1757-1838), 3rd Earl of Clarendon, Member of Parliament for Old Sarum (1784-1790)
  • Thomas Villiers (1753-1824), 2nd Earl of Clarendon, Member of Parliament for Christchurch (1774-1780)
  • William Villiers (1707-1769), 3rd Earl of Jersey, Justice in Eyre south of the Trent (1740-1746), founding Governor of the Foundling Hospital
  • George Villiers, 4th Earl of Jersey, English peer
  • George Villiers (1759-1827), British courtier and politician, Member of Parliament for Warwick (1792-1800)
  • Thomas Villiers (1709-1786), 1st Earl of Clarendon, British politician and diplomat, Postmaster General (1763-1765) and in 1786
  • Countess Barbara Villiers (1640-1709), Countess of Castlemaine
  • Charles Pelham Villiers (1802-1898), British lawyer and politician, longest serving Member of Parliament

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Motto


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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. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  11. ...

The Villiers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Villiers 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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