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The surname Veach was first found in Berwickshire where they were first recorded when Randolph Veitch was associated with the Grahams, about the year 1200.

The name Veach, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Veitch, Veach, Vitch and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Veach research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1296, 1474, 1567, 1348, 1408, 1378, 1387, 1388, 1390, 1393, 1397 and 1399 are included under the topic Early Veach History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 247 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Veach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Veach family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Veach family, or who bore a variation of the surname Veach were

Veach Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • James Veach, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • James Veach, who landed in Virginia in 1654

Veach Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Henry Veach, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773

Veach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Veach, who arrived in New York in 1819

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  • William Walter "Peek-A-Boo" Veach (1862-1937), American Major League Baseball first baseman and pitcher who played from 1884 to 1890
  • Alvis Lindel "Al" Veach (1909-1990), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1935 season
  • Zach Veach (b. 1994), American auto racing driver
  • Robert Hayes "Bobby" Veach (1888-1945), American Major League Baseball left fielder who played from 1912 to 1925
  • Charles Lacy Veach (b. 1944), American USAF test pilot and former NASA astronaut with over 18 days in space
  • W. A. Veach, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1960
  • Larry E. Veach, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996
  • John Veach, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1964
  • Emma J. Veach, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1940
  • Bilie Veach, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980

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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: Famam extendimus factis
Motto Translation: We exceed our reputation by deeds.

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  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Veach Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Veach 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 24 November 2015 at 10:46.

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