The surname of VAUSE has the arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884 ( Sir John De Vaus, one of the knights of County Nottingham during the reign of Edward I. Visit Nottingham 1615. The name was originally of Vaux in France, and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. 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. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another. Other early records of the name mention Robert de Wals, de 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.
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