Vivedge is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Vivedge family lived in Wiltshire
, at the manor Viveash
Early Origins of the Vivedge family
The surname Vivedge 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.
Early History of the Vivedge family
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Vivedge 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 Vivash, Viveash, Vivish, Fiveash and others.
Early Notables of the Vivedge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vivedge 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, traveling 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 Vivedge or a variant listed above: Steven Vivesh who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1809; Francis Fiveash settled in Virginia in 1639.