Converse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Converse family
The surname Converse was 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. Many of the family were found at East and West Newbiggin. "This place formerly belonged to the Conyers family, with whom it continued until the beginning of the 17th century, when Sir George Conyers, Knt., and his son, alienated the manor in various parcels to their tenants. "  Hutton-Conyers in the wapentake of Allertonshire in the North Riding of Yorkshire is another ancient family seat. "This place was anciently the residence of a branch of the Conyers family, whose Hall appears to have been on the north side of the village, in a field still called the Hallgarth." 
Important Dates for the Converse family
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Converse Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Converse family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Conyers of Horden; Deacon Edward Convers (1587-1663) born in Navestock, England, he arrived in Salem, Massachusetts with the Winthrop Fleet in 1630, and quickly became one of the founders of Woburn, Massachusetts; Tristram Conyers (1619-1684), an English lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Maldon...
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Migration of the Converse family to Ireland
Some of the Converse 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Converse migration to the United States
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 migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Converse (post 1700)
- Keith Cawthon Converse (b. 1957), American college swimming coach and former competition swimmer at the 1976 Summer Olympics
- Tony Converse (b. 1935), American television and film producer
- John Converse (1909-1981), American plastic surgeon
- Florence Converse (1871-1967), American author from New Orleans
- Elizabeth Eaton "Connie" Converse (b. 1924), American singer-songwriter who disappeared in 1974
- George Leroy Converse (1827-1897), American politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio
- Philip Ernest Converse (b. 1928), American political scientist
- Julius Converse (1798-1885), American politician, the 34th Governor of Vermont (1872 to 1874) and the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont (1850 to 1852)
- Frederick Shepherd Converse (1871-1940), American composer of classical music
- Richard "Ric" Converse (b. 1979), American professional wrestler
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)