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Volly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: English, Scottish

The name Volly reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Volly family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Volly 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 of England in 1066. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old French word val, meaning valley.

Early Origins of the Volly family

The surname Volly 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 Volly family

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Volly Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Vale, Vail, Veil and others.

Early Notables of the Volly family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Volly family to Ireland

Some of the Volly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Volly family to the New World and Oceana

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Volly name or one of its variants: Nicholas Veal was a Cooper of St. John's Newfoundland in 1776; David Vale from Waterford in Ireland was married in St. John's Newfoundland in 1808; John and Margaret Vale arrived in New York state in 1811.

The Volly 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.

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