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The surname Vann is derived from the Middle English words "fein," "fayn," or " fane," which all mean "glad." The name was a nickname for a happy or good-natured person. The name could also have been a local name derived from the expression "at the van" or in other words near the "threshing-floor" derived from the word "van" which was a threshing instrument.

Vann Early Origins



The surname Vann was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), where the ancestors of the earls of Westmorland, "wrote their name Vane, and descended from Howel ap Vane, living there before the time of William the Conqueror" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
living about the year 1060. Another reference states: "The Fanes or Vanes are said to have originated from Wales; in the reign of Henry VI, they were seated at Hilden in Tunbridge, in Kent, by marriage with the Peshalls." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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Vann Spelling Variations


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Vann Spelling Variations



Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Vann has seen various spelling variations: Fane, Ap Fane, Fain, Vane, Vain, Veynes, Vanes and others.

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Vann Early History


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Vann Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vann research. Another 254 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1625, 1626, 1580, 1629, 1602, 1666, 1639, 1681, 1589, 1655, 1613, 1662, 1653, 1723, 1616, 1663, 1689, 1715, 1715, 1645, 1693, 1682, 1734, 1708, 1710, 1727, 1734, 1734, 1680, 1721 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Vann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vann Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vann Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Francis Fane (1580-1629), 1st Earl of Westmorland (second creation); Mildmay Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland (1602-1666), an English nobleman, politician, and writer; Lady Mary Fane (1639-1681) was the daughter of Mildmay Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland; Sir Henry Vane the Elder...

Another 145 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vann In Ireland


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Vann In Ireland



Some of the Vann family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Vann:

Vann Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Vann, who arrived in Virginia in 1666

Vann Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Vann, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1902
  • Mary Vann, aged 29, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1904
  • H.H. Vann, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Eugene Ellis Vann, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1908
  • Felix Vann, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Vann (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Vann (post 1700)



  • Vicki Vann (b. 1980), American country music artist, model and actress
  • Norwood Vann (b. 1962), retired American football NFL player who played in the mid-1980s
  • David Johnson Vann (1928-2000), American politician, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama (1975-1979)
  • Kevin William Vann (b. 1951), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange
  • Marc Vann (b. 1954), American actor, best known for his role as Conrad Ecklie in the television series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Robert L. Vann (1879-1940), American politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1936
  • George Vann, American politician, Candidate for Maryland State House of Delegates District 28, 1998
  • E. J. Vann, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1888
  • David Vann, American politician, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, 1975-79
  • Charles C. Vann, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1904
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Ne vile fano
Motto Translation: Bring nothing base to the template.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
  11. ...

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