This surname was local of 'de Veci' in Normandy, and it is said that Robert de Veci assisted William I to conquer England, and was rewarded with great estates in the counties of Northampton, Leicester, Warwick and Lincoln. Ivo de Veschi was his near kinsman, and from him in the female line descended Lord Vesey. The name was anglicized from the Old French 'envoisie' meaning one who was 'playful'. The name was Latinized in the Domesday Book of 1086 as INVESIATUS. Robertus Invesiatus Lascivus who was listed as a tenant-in-chief in the Domesday Book appears to be the first of the name on record. Robert Lenveiset appears in 1131 in Yorkshire, and Robert Lenveiset was documented in 1150 in County Lancashire. Willelmus de Vesci was documented during the reign of Henry II (1154-1189) and Eustace de Vescy appears in County Lincolnshire in 1273. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during the Invasion of 1066 were of three kinds. There were names of Norse origin which their ancestors had carried into Normandy; names of Germanic origin which the Frankish conquerors had brought across the Rhine and which had ousted the old Celtic and Latin names from France, and Biblical names and names of Latin and Greek saints. These names they retained even after the customs and language of the natives of Northern France had been adopted by them. After the Norman Conquest not only Normans, but Frenchmen and Bretons from other parts of France settled in England, and quite a few found their way north into Scotland. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. Later instances of the name mention John Veysey of Oxford, who registered at Oxford University in the year 1512, and James Voyzey, of County Devon registered there in 1603.
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