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Vokay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Vokay family

The surname Vokay was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Following the pattern of many Saxon families the family moved north to Scotland about the year 1200, to escape the oppression of the Norman overlords.

Early History of the Vokay family

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Vokay Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Vokay has appeared include Vocat, Voket, Vokey, Woket, Wokey, Wokete and others.

Early Notables of the Vokay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Vokay family to the New World and Oceana

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Vokay arrived in North America very early: William Vokey from Jersey settled in Spaniards Bay, Newfoundland, in 1775.

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