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Angharad de Welles/de Vaux/de Vallibus

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Re: Angharad de Welles/de Vaux/de Vallibus

Posted: 1383411136000
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I don't know if it helps at all but one of the origins of the "Vance" surname is from two de Vaux knights (Robert and Aitard) who came to England from Normandy with William the Conqueror around 1066; we don't have any Angharads in the line though. Is your Angharad from Normandy?

"de Vaux" is old French for "of the valleys", and "de Vallibus" has the same meaning in Latin; the Latin form of the name would have been used in formal records (land deeds, charters, etc) at least for as long as the Norman nobility in England still spoke French. As far as I know the de Welles family is different from our de Vaux line but surnames were pretty fluid back then and I wouldn't discount anyone changing names in lots of different ways.

Dave Vance
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