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The history of the Vordray family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Cheshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Vaudrey, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Vordray Early Origins



The surname Vordray was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Boden. They were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066 A.D. This noble family were under tenants of the great Earl Hugh of Chester. The Vawdrey family were originally of the French Comte and held a family seat at the Chateau Vawdrey and were Lords of St. Fallen Champagne, the Comtes de Bourgoyne. The Chateau Vawdrey can be seen between Dole and Salins.

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Vordray Spelling Variations


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Vordray Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Vawdrey, Vawdray, Vadrey, Vawdry, De Vawdry, De Vaudry, De Vawdrey, De Vaudrey and many more.

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Vordray Early History


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Vordray Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vordray research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1625, 1820 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Vordray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vordray Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vordray Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Vordray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Vordray or a variant listed above were: Daniel Vaudrey, who settled in Virginia in 1683; and Edward Vadry who came to North America in 1710.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Vordray Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vordray Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 10 April 2014 at 13:12.

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