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Vosper Early Origins



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.

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Vosper Spelling Variations


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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.

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Vosper Early History


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Vosper Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vosper research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vosper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vosper Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vosper Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Vosper 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



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Vosper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Henry Vosper, aged 24, a miner, 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, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • William Vosper, aged 20, a miner, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Vosper (post 1700)


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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

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    11. ...

    The Vosper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vosper 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 16 April 2014 at 01:04.

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