Voxe is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Voxe family lived in Cumberland
. Their name, however, is a reference to Vaux
or Vallibus, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Voxe family
The surname Voxe was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
in Gillesland from ancient times. They were descended from Harold de Vaux, Lord of Vaux in Normandy
who came into England
at the time of the Conquest accompanied by his three sons, Hubert, Rannulf, and Robert. Their main seats became the Lords of Gillesland, the Lords of Tryermayne, and in Vaux in Normandy
Watton in Norfolk was an ancient home of the family. "This place is of considerable antiquity, and prior to 1204 appears to have had the grant of a market, which during that year was suspended by writ of inquiry, but was soon after restored to Oliver de Vaux, lord of the manor." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Voxe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Voxe research.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1969, 1460, 1523, 1509, 1556, 1535, 1595, 1562, 1637, 1519, 1585, 1559, 1587, 1588, 1661, 1591 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Voxe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Voxe Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval 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. The name has been spelled Vose, Voase, Vaux, Voxe, Voaux, Vokes and others.
Early Notables of the Voxe family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nicholas Vaux, 1st Baron
Vaux of Harrowden (c.
1460-1523), an English soldier and courtier and early member of the House of Commons; Thomas Vaux, 2nd Baron
Vaux of Harrowden KB (1509-1556), an English poet; William Vaux, 3rd Baron
Vaux of Harrowden (c.
1535-1595)... Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Voxe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Voxe family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Voxe or a variant listed above: John Vaux who landed in America in 1679; J. Vaux settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1850; Campbell Voaux who settled in Dominica in 1774; Jemima Vose settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767.