The Votay surname is derived from the Middle English word "wode," meaning "wood," which suggests that the original bearer of the name lived near a wood, or was perhaps employed as a woodcutter or forester.
Early Origins of the Votay family
The surname Votay was first found in Leicestershire
. However, during ascension of William to the English throne, the family were stripped of their land holdings in Leicestershire
by the king, and moved north to Dumfriesshire
. The first of the family in this region are said to descend from a Norman knight by the name of Ernald de Bosco (Bosco is a Latinized form of wood,) who accompanied William the Conqueror. A number of Boscos are thought to have have moved northwards with other Anglo-Norman families in the train of Margaret, King Malcolm Ceanmore's second wife, to escape the ponderous rule of William.
Early History of the Votay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Votay research.Another 387 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1168, 1214, 1124, 1153, 1295, 1376, 1398, 1515, 1488, 1695, 1678, 1680, 1680, 1688, 1761 and are included under the topic Early Votay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Votay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Vould, Voud, Vode, Would, Wood, Woods, Wode, Woid, Wodes and many more.
Early Notables of the Votay family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Sir Andrew Wood (d. 1515) of Largo, Fife
, a Scottish Sea Captain, who rose to become Lord High Admiral of Scotland
, he held the lands at Kirkton of Largo in Fife, and is said to be the scion of the Chiefly line of... Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Votay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Votay family to Ireland
Some of the Votay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Votay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Richard Wood, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Patrick Wood, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; William Wood, who settled in New England
in 1635; Walter Wood, who arrived in Virginia in 1639.