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Vaux Genealogy and Vaux Family History Information

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  • Adam of Castle Carrock (c.1140 - 1175)
    Adam De CASTLEROCK / Adam de Vaux Notes: Probably of the de Vallibus family. parents: Eustace de Vaux & Daughter of Bueth of Gilsland Children: 1. Robert De CASTLEROCK of Strickland 2. Wa...
  • Agatha Halyburton, Heir of Dirleston (c.1325 - 1355)
    It seems pretty certain that the first Vaux of Barnbarroch was a cadet of the house of De Vaux of Dirleton. The following extracts from the Official Guide book to Dirleton Castle summarise what is know...
  • Aitard de Vaux, Norfolk (c.1040 - d.)
  • Alexander de Vaux, Dirleton (c.1245 - d.)
    Alexander de Vallibus: Alexander’s oldest son, Thomas Vaux, died without issue. Another son, John lll (Johannis) de Vaux succeeded his father. parents: John ll de Vaux (Johannes de Vallibus)...
  • Alice Sapcote (c.1487 - c.1543)
    Alice Vaux (d. 1543), married Sir Richard Sapcott/Sapcote c. 1501. No issue; some genealogies state she was the mother of one of Sapcott’s younger sons, but that has not been proven. Source: ...

About the Vaux surname

The only credible information I know of about the history of the Vaus or de Vaux family at the time of the Norman conquest of 1066 is from the book “The Anglo-Norman Era in Scottish History” by G.W.S. Barrow which suggests that the family was not of great distinction at this time.

Playfair in “Baronetage of Scotland, (quoted by Balbirnie) and Balbirnie in his “Genealogical and historical account of the family of Vance” claim a connection with the lords of Baux, in Provence. To my knowledge there is no documentary evidence to show any such link or any reason to suppose that there is any truth in the idea. I believe that the heraldic evidence shows clearly that there is no such connection.

I have found that Vans, Vanns, Vanse, Vas, Vass, Vaus, Vauss, Vause, Waus, Wauss and Vance all seem to be completely interchangeable even within a single document without any discernible pattern of use according to the date or particular branch of the family.

~Jamie Vans of Barnbarroch