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Vosper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Vosper family


The surname Vosper was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Liskeard. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Early History of the Vosper family


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Vosper Spelling Variations


Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and 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 of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Vosper, Vorsper, Vospa, Vospar and others.

Early Notables of the Vosper family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Vosper family to the New World and Oceana


A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Vosper:

Vosper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • O. Vosper, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Vosper Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Reginald Vosper, aged 28, who emigrated to America from Saltash, in 1904
  • Thomas Vosper, aged 37, who landed in America from Cornwall, in 1904
  • Philip Vosper, aged 25, who landed in America from Leeds, in 1906
  • Henry Vosper, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from Awsworth, England, in 1907
  • Mary Vosper, aged 11, who settled in America from Upper Parkstone, England, in 1907
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Vosper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Henry Vosper, aged 24, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

Vosper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Francis Vosper, aged 17, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • William Vosper, aged 20, a miner, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Vosper (post 1700)


  • Sydney Curnow Vosper RWS, RWA (1866-1942), English painter and etcher of landscapes and figure subjects
  • Herbert Edward Vosper, founder of the English shipbuilding company Vosper & Company, now named VT Group plc
  • Sydney Curnow Vosper RWS, RWA (1866-1942), English painter and artist
  • Frederick Charles Burleigh Vosper (1869-1901), Australian newspaper journalist and proprietor, and politician
  • Frank Vosper (1899-1937), British actor and playwright
  • Dennis Forwood Vosper TD PC (1916-1968), Baron Runcorn, a British Conservative politician

The Vosper 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: Utraque fortuna contentus
Motto Translation: In good fortune or bad fortune


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