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Where did the English Vines family come from? What is the English Vines family crest and coat of arms? When did the Vines family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Vines family history?

The history of the Vines family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Gloucestershire. Their name refers to the original bearer would have lived near a vineyard.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Vine, Vines, Vinn, Veyn, Vein and others.

First found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vines research. Another 263 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1129, 1509, 1600, 1655, 1644, 1650 and 1622 are included under the topic Early Vines History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vines Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Vines family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Vines or a variant listed above were:

Vines Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Vines, who landed in New England in 1615
  • Samuel Vines, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • Abram Vines, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • Elizabeth Vines, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • William Vines, who landed in Maryland in 1679


Vines Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Vines, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Thos. Vines, aged 20, who settled in America from Londonderry, Ireland in 1892

Vines Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • W. G. Vines, aged 31, who landed in America from Birmingham, in 1904
  • Enid Unice Liddan Vines, aged 20, who landed in America from St. Austell, England, in 1908
  • Edith Vines, aged 22, who settled in America from Hertford, England, in 1909
  • George Vines, aged 21, who settled in America from Portsmouth, England, in 1910
  • Hilda Vines, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1912


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  • Henry Ellsworth Vines Jr. (1911-1994), American tennis champion
  • Mark Vines (b. 1957), American former tennis player
  • Dexter Vines, American comic book artist and inker
  • Charles Jerry Vines (b. 1937), American preacher
  • Harry Doyle Vines (1938-2006), American prominent member of the wheelchair basketball community
  • Lee Vines (1919-2011), Canadian-born, American television announcer and actor
  • Robert Earl "Bob" Vines (1897-1982), American professional baseball pitcher
  • Scottie Vines (b. 1979), American football player
  • Rowan Lewis Vines (b. 1982), English footballer
  • Richard Vines (1600-1655), English clergyman

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The Vines Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vines Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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