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Voss is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Voss family lived in Essex. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Vaux, Normandy.
The surname Voss was first found in Essex where Robert de Vals, de Valibus, de Vaux was first listed shortly after the Conquest.  However, the name was scattered throughout early Britain due to their strong Norman ancestry. Aitard de Vaux held estates in Norfolk in 1086 as did Randulph de Vaux in Cumberland.  In part, this was due to the origin of the name "Vaux," a fairly common French place name which is plural of the word "val" which means in English "valley."  The "V" and "F" prefix was interchangeable at this time.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Voss are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Voss include Faux, Fawkes, Fauks and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Voss research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1606, 1605, 1675 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Voss History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Voss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Voss, or a variant listed above:
Voss Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Voss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Voss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Voss Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Voss Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Voss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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: A Deo et Rege
Motto Translation: From God and the king.
The Voss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Voss 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.
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