New One Name Study for Vause Surname and Variants

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Anyone with members of the Vause family in their tree (or any of the many variant surnames), feel free to join me at the new Vause_Name_Study. I've been trying to overcome some confusion between my Vause ancestors, other Vauses, and other individuals with the Vance surname, so I thought that creating a one name study might be the best way to resolve the problem. For you experienced one-namers out there, feel free to take a look and tell me what you think.

in The Tree House by Tom Shaw G2G6 Mach 1 (17.1k points)
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There seem to be at least 5 variations to the surname.   

Last name: Vause

This unusual and interesting name is of Norman (French) origin, introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066, and first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as below, also in the forms "de Vals", "de Valibus" (the Latinized form), and "de Wals". The surname is locational in origin, from any of the various places in northern France called "Vaux". The placename derives from the Old French plural form of "val", valley, which is "vaux", from the Latin "vallis". Most early examples of the surname are found with the preposition "de", meaning "of Vaux", but there are some, such as Agnes le Vaus (1275, Worcestershire), and Nicol le Vans (1296, Sussex), which suggest that they derive from an uncomplimentary nickname for someone thought to be unreliable, "false", derived from the Middle English "faus", false, untrustworthy. In southern England, "v" was used instead of "f". The modern surname can be found as Vause, Vaus(s), Vaux, Vass and Waus(s). One Richard Vause was an early settler in America, arriving in Virginia in the "Jonathan" in May 1620. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert de Vaux, which was dated 1086, The Domesday Book, Essex, during the reign of King William 1, "The Conqueror", 1066-1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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You might also want to check out the Vance Family Association;  and the DNA study which is being done on Vance, Vans  at
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