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VanName History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the VanName family lived among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. VanName is a name for someone who lived in Dumfriesshire.

Early Origins of the VanName family


The surname VanName was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area.

Early History of the VanName family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our VanName research.
Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1249, 1255, 1328, 1633 and 1689 are included under the topic Early VanName History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

VanName Spelling Variations


Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. VanName has been spelled Annan, Annand, Annandale, Annardale, Annadaill, Annane, Annanie, Inyaney, Innieney, Inyoney, Inyanee, Aneny and many more.

Early Notables of the VanName family (pre 1700)


Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early VanName Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the VanName family to the New World and Oceana


Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them: J. L. Annan arrived in San Francisco, California, in 1850; and William Annan arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1875; with his brother.

The VanName Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sperabo
Motto Translation: I will hope.


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