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The distinguished surname Voyce is one of the many to have come to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is derived from "Voise," the name of a place in the Eure-et-Loir region of France. It is likely that the first bearer of this name in England was one who had emigrated from the village of Voise.

Voyce Early Origins



The surname Voyce was first found in Sussex, where the Voyce family held a family seat from early times. After the Norman Conquest of 1066, King William granted the lands of England to the barons who had served him at the Battle of Hastings; thus, it is likely that the progenitor of the name Voyce was one of these barons who acquired land in the county of Sussex. Early records include John Voyce, who was listed in the Feet of Fines for the County of Sussex during the Reign of Edward IV (ruled 1461-1483); as well as a Thomas Voyce, who was listed in 1379 in the Poll Tax of Yorkshire.

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Voyce Spelling Variations


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Voyce Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Voice, Voyce, Foyce, Voise, Voyse and others.

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Voyce Early History


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Voyce Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Voyce research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1435, 1647, 1660, 1674, and 1722 are included under the topic Early Voyce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Voyce Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Voyce Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Voyce 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



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Voyce or a variant listed above:

Voyce Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jonathan Voyce, who immigrated to Virginia in 1638
  • Jonathan Voyce, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • William Voyce, who arrived in Barbados in 1679

Voyce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas J. Voyce, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1892

Voyce Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Stanley Voyce, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Cardiff, Wales, in 1915
  • Cal Voyce, who settled in America, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Voyce (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Voyce (post 1700)



  • Inez Ferne Voyce (b. 1924), American All-American Girls Professional Baseball League first basewoman who played from 1946 through 1953
  • Thomas "Tom" Michael Dunstan Voyce (b. 1981), English rugby union player
  • Evan Voyce, New Zealand bureaucrat, chief executive of the Broadcasting Standards Authority (2001)
  • Malcolm Voyce, Australian, Associate Professor at Macquarie University, New South Wales

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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    The Voyce Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Voyce 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 9 November 2015 at 07:12.

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