The German surname of VEDDER is of two-fold origin. It was an occupational name for a trader in feathers and down, or a maker of quilts, or possibly also of pens. It was also a nickname for a very light person, one who was thin. The name was originally rendered in the Old Norman form FOEER. The name has spread throughout Europe and into the United States in many forms which include FEATHER, FEDDERMAN, FEDERMANN, FEDERBUSCH, FEDERGRUN and FEDERSCHNEIDER. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. A notable member of the name was Elihu VEDDER (1836-1923) the American painter and illustrator, born in New York. He studied in Paris and Italy, settling in Rome in 1866. He executed 'Minerva' and other murals in the Library of Congress, Washington, and illustrated the 'Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam'. German or Teutonic heraldry extended its sphere of influence over central Europe and spread into Scandinavia. It is most notable for its design and treatment of crests, most of which reflect the arms in the charge or tinctures (colours) or both, which is unknown in British heraldry. Teutonic Europe assembled many arms on a single shield, each bearing its corresponding crest on a helmet.
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