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

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Converse family name to the British Isles. They lived in Durham. The family were originally from the area of Coigners, Normandy, and it is from this location that their name derives.

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Conyers, Coniers, Coigniers, Convers, Converse and many more.

First found in Durham at Sockburn, where the then Bishop of Durham, Ralph Flambard, granted lands to Roger de Conyers sometime between 1099 and 1133.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Converse research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1628, 1628, 1731, 1810, 1587, 1663, 1630, 1619, 1684, 1660, 1685, 1758, 1650, 1725, 1695, 1666, 1728, 1633 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Converse History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 203 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Converse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Converse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Converse or a variant listed above:

Converse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Converse, who landed in New England in 1630

Converse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • J Converse, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

Converse Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Frederick Lewis Converse, who arrived in Canada in 1834
  • Thomas Norton Converse, who arrived in Canada in 1841

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  • George Albert Converse (1844-1909), American rear admiral in the United States Navy, eponym of the USS Converse (DD-291) was a Clemson-class destroyer
  • Frank Converse (b. 1938), American actor from St. Louis, Missouri, best known for his starring role in Coronet Blue (1967) and N.Y.P.D. (1967-1969)
  • Richard "Ric" Converse (b. 1979), American professional wrestler
  • Frederick Shepherd Converse (1871-1940), American composer of classical music
  • Julius Converse (1798-1885), American politician, the 34th Governor of Vermont (1872 to 1874) and the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont (1850 to 1852)
  • Philip Ernest Converse (b. 1928), American political scientist
  • George Leroy Converse (1827-1897), American politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Elizabeth Eaton "Connie" Converse (b. 1924), American singer-songwriter who disappeared in 1974
  • Florence Converse (1871-1967), American author from New Orleans
  • John Converse (1909-1981), American plastic surgeon

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The Converse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Converse 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.

This page was last modified on 27 November 2013 at 08:57.

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