The name Voase came to England
with the ancestors of the Voase family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Voase family lived in Cumberland
. Their name, however, is a reference to Vaux
or Vallibus, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Voase family
The surname Voase was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
in Gillesland from ancient times. They were descended from Harold de Vaux, Lord of Vaux in Normandy
who came into England
at the time of the Conquest accompanied by his three sons, Hubert, Rannulf, and Robert. Their main seats became the Lords of Gillesland, the Lords of Tryermayne, and in Vaux in Normandy
Watton in Norfolk was an ancient home of the family. "This place is of considerable antiquity, and prior to 1204 appears to have had the grant of a market, which during that year was suspended by writ of inquiry, but was soon after restored to Oliver de Vaux, lord of the manor." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Voase family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Voase research.Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1969, 1460, 1523, 1509, 1556, 1535, 1595, 1562, 1637, 1519, 1585, 1559, 1587, 1588, 1661, 1591 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Voase History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Voase 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 Vose, Voase, Vaux, Voxe, Voaux, Vokes and others.
Early Notables of the Voase family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nicholas Vaux, 1st Baron
Vaux of Harrowden (c.
1460-1523), an English soldier and courtier and early member of the House of Commons; Thomas Vaux, 2nd Baron
Vaux of Harrowden KB (1509-1556), an English poet; William Vaux, 3rd Baron
Vaux of Harrowden (c.
1535-1595)... Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Voase Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Voase family to Ireland
Some of the Voase family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 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 Voase 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 Voase or a variant listed above: John Vaux who landed in America in 1679; J. Vaux settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1850; Campbell Voaux who settled in Dominica in 1774; Jemima Vose settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767.