Origins Available: English
Vollay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vollay family lived in Northumberland
. Their name, however, is a reference to La Val,
in the lower Marne valley of Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old French word val,
Early Origins of the Vollay family
The surname Vollay was first found in Northumberland
where they were granted land by William the Conqueror. The family originally Delaval took their name from the Castle of La Val in the lower Marne valley in Normandy.
Early History of the Vollay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vollay research.Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1190 and 1364 are included under the topic Early Vollay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vollay 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 Vale, Vail, Veil and others.
Early Notables of the Vollay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vollay family to Ireland
Some of the Vollay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 63 words (4 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 Vollay 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 Vollay or a variant listed above: Nicholas Veal was a Cooper of St. John's Newfoundland in 1776; David Vale from Waterford
was married in St. John's Newfoundland in 1808; John and Margaret Vale arrived in New York state in 1811.
The Vollay 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: In te domine speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.