Fentress History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished surname Fentress is derived from the Middle English word "aventurous," meaning "the venturous."
Early Origins of the Fentress family
The surname Fentress was first found in Cambridgeshire, where the family held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066; the language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. However, Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held a family seat at Wittlesford.
Early History of the Fentress family
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Fentress Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fentress include Ventris, Ventres, Venters, Ventrus, Ventras, Venture, Ventures, Ventrice, Ventriss, Fentress, Fentris and many more.
Early Notables of the Fentress family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fentress family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Robert Fentrice, who settled in Virginia in 1642; Michael Fentriss, who arrived in Virginia in 1724; as did Benjamin Ventris in 1749; and John Ventris, who immigrated to Maryland in 1756..
Contemporary Notables of the name Fentress (post 1700) +
- Paul Lyon Fentress (1913-1983), American field hockey player at the 1936 Summer Olympics
- Elizabeth Barringer Fentress (b. 1948), American archaeologist who specializes in Roman studies
- Curtis Fentress FAIA, RIBA (b. 1947), American Architect, founder and Principal-in-Charge of Design at Fentress Architects
- James Fentress, American politician, Member of Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1814-25; Speaker of the Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1815-17, 1819-25 
- E. S. Fentress, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940 
- David Fentress, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland 4th District, 1970 
- Thomas Fentress Toon (1840-1902), American brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
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