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The Vyse surname is thought to be derived from the Old French word "devise," meaning a "dweller at the boundary." It falls into the class of local names, that is, names derived from a place where the original bearer once lived or held land. It is plausible that some bearers of Vyse took the name from one of several places in England: Viza in Ashwater, county Devon, Vyse Wood in Morthoe, county Devon, or Devizes in Wiltshire.

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The surname Vyse was first found in Sussex, where Robert atte Vise was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for that county in the year 1327.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Devise, Vises,Vize, Vise, Vice and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vyse research. Another 293 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1330 and 1601 are included under the topic Early Vyse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vyse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Vyse, who landed in New York, NY in 1841
  • Thomas Vyse, who arrived in New York city in 1845
  • Thomas Vyse, who landed in New York in 1845
  • John Vyse, who was naturalized in Iroquois Co. IL in 1884
  • John Vyse, who arrived in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1884

Vyse Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Vyse, who was recorded in Toronto in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871
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  • Stuart A Vyse, American Associate Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College
  • William Vyse (1741-1816), English canon residentiary and chancellor of Lichfield, son of William Vyse
  • William Vyse (1710-1770), English canon residentiary and treasurer of Lichfield, father of Richard Vyse
  • Ruth Vyse, University of London Archivist from 1994
  • Charles Vyse (1882-1971), English potter from Staffordshire
  • General Richard Vyse (1746-1825), British general, father of Richard William Vyse
  • Major-General Richard William Howard Vyse (1784-1853), British soldier, anthropologist, Egyptologist and politician, Member of Parliament for Beverley (1807-1812) and Honiton (1812-1818)
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    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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