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Vive is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Vive family lived in Wiltshire, at the manor Viveash.

Early Origins of the Vive family


The surname Vive was first found in Wiltshire where they were Lords of the manor Viveash from early times, after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They were believed to be of Norman origin.

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Early History of the Vive family

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Early History of the Vive family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vive research.
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vive History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vive Spelling Variations

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Vive Spelling Variations


Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Vivash, Viveash, Vivish, Fiveash and others.

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Early Notables of the Vive family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Vive family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Vive family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Vive family to the New World and Oceana


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Vive or a variant listed above: Steven Vivesh who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1809; Francis Fiveash settled in Virginia in 1639.

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