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Where did the English Voss family come from? What is the English Voss family crest and coat of arms? When did the Voss family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Voss family history?

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.


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.

First found in Essex where Robert de Vals, de Valibus, de Vaux was first listed shortly after the Conquest. [1] 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. [2] 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." [1] The "V" and "F" prefix was interchangeable at this time.


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

  • John Voss, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Hans Voss, who arrived in America in 1650
  • Matts De Voss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1693

Voss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Israel Voss, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • Bartholomaus Voss came to Philadelphia in 1749
  • Johan Henrich Voss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Jurian Voss, who landed in New York in 1763
  • Johann Voss arrived in America in 1776

Voss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joachim Frederick Lewis Voss, who arrived in New York, NY in 1826
  • Elisab Voss, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Ernst Jacob Voss, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1836
  • Diederich Friederick Voss, aged 27, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1840
  • Gerhard Voss, who landed in Ohio in 1845

Voss Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Christian Voss went to Canada in 1783 with the Empire Loyalists

Voss Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Friedrich Voss, who landed in Quebec in 1850

Voss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Johann Voss arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865
  • John Voss arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865


  • Colonel (USA, Ret.) James Shelton Voss (b. 1949), former NASA astronaut with 201 days in space
  • Janice Voss PH.D. (b. 1956), NASA Astronaut with over 49 days in space
  • Carl Herman Voss (b. 1910), prominent American clergyman and writer
  • Johann Heinrich Voss (1751-1826), German poet and translator
  • August Eduardovich Voss (b. 1916), party official of Latvia, Head of the Department for Science and Culture, Chairman of the USSR Supreme Soviet in 1984
  • Werner Voss, German fighter pilot
  • Richard Voss (1851-1918), German dramatist and novelist


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.



  1. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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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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