The name VASSALLO was originally of Vaux in France, and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Other spellings of the name include VASSE, VACELET, VASSELIN, VASSELOT and VASSARD. The earliest recorded instance in England appears to be Robert de Vals, de Valisbus, de Vaux, listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. In 1199 King John of England confirmed to the Abbey of St. Jean de Falaise some land in Normandy. The family also held land at Lanercost in Cumberland, and were also in possession of Ashill, Seavington at the close of the 12th century. A branch of the English family settled in Scotland during this time and became proprietors of the lands and barony of Dirleton in East Lothian. Little is known of the early history of the family though its members possessed Dirleton for more than two hundred years Other early records of the name mention Robert Vallibus, 1134, and Ralph de Vaus, 1185, Yorkshire. Agnes le Vaus, 1275 County Surrey. Alexander Robert John le Vaus, 1327, County Suffolk. The name was long and honourably connected with Inverness appearing on record for the first time in 1440. It was also an old surname in Aberdeen, and Andrew Vase was burgess there in 1410. John Waus was the alderman in 1430, and a Robert of Vaus was the master of a ship called 'Nicholas of Aberdene' in 1433. Henry Martin and Susan Vass were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1784. Thomas Vass and Mary Plain were married at the same church in 1800. As early as the year 1100, it was quite common for English people to give French names to their children, and the earliest instances are found among the upper classes, both the clergy and the patrician families. The Norman-French names used were generally the names most commonly used by the Normans, who had introduced them into England during the Norman Invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.
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