Origins Available: English, Scottish
England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Vode family lived in Leicestershire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word wode, meaning wood, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a wood.
Early Origins of the Vode family
Norman invasion of 1066. After losing these lands, the main branch of the family moved north to Dumfriesshire, Scotland where they held a family seat from about 1150.
Early History of the Vode family
Another 393 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1597, 1672, 1666, 1502, 1478, 1486, 1488, 1495, 1500, 1455, 1539, 1604, 1675, 1654, 1597, 1671, 1661, 1671, 1622, 1685, 1610 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Vode History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vode Spelling Variations
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 Wood, Woods, Wode, Would, Woid, Voud, Vould and others.
Early Notables of the Vode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vode family to Ireland
Some of the Vode family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Vode family to the New World and Oceana
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 Vode or a variant listed above: Thomas Wood and his family who had settled in Virginia before the ".
The Vode 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: Tutus in undis
Motto Translation: Safe on the waves.
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