Veitch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Veitch family

The surname Veitch was first found in Berwickshire where they were first recorded when Randolph Veitch (Radulphus uacca) witnessed a charter by Henry de Graham c. 1200. A few years later, Alexander la uache witnessed a charter of the church of Driuesdale between 1214 and 1219 and Dominus Alexander de (for le) Vacca, witnessed a grant by Richard Germyn to the House of Soltre between 1235 and 1258. [1]

Early History of the Veitch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Veitch research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1296, 1474, 1474, 1494, 1473, 1484, 1566, 1567, 1628, 1348, 1408, 1378, 1387, 1388, 1390, 1393, 1397, 1399, 1640, 1722, 1679, 1681, 1683 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Veitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Veitch Spelling Variations

The name, Veitch, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Veitch, Veach, Vitch and others.

Early Notables of the Veitch family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Philip de la Vache (c. 1348-1408), an English courtier, fought in the French wars and was made Knight of the Chamber in 1378, keeper of the royal park at Chiltern Langley and was a knight of the shire in the Parliament of 1387, appointed captain of the castle of Calais (1388), negotiated a truce with king of France, count of Flanders and the cities of Ghent, Bruges and Ypres (1390), served in Calais until 1393, when he was transferred to Guines, during the Parliament of 1397, he was one of...
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Ireland Migration of the Veitch family to Ireland

Some of the Veitch 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.


United States Veitch migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. 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." Among the early settlers bearing the Veitch surname who came to North America were:

Veitch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Veitch, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [2]
Veitch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Veitch, who landed in New York in 1819 [2]
  • James Veitch, who settled in New York in 1822
  • Alexander Veitch, who arrived in New York in 1853
  • John Veitch, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [2]
  • Robert Veitch, who settled in Texas in 1894

Australia Veitch migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Veitch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Walter Veitch, a baker, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Adam Veitch, aged 42, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [3]
  • Euphemia Veitch, aged 14, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [3]
  • James Veitch, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"
  • Robert Veitch, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Veitch migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Veitch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Veitch, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [4]
  • Robert Veitch, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • W. Veitch, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • Anna Veitch, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • Walter F. Veitch, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Veitch (post 1700) +

  • Sylvester Veitch (1910-1996), American celebrated thoroughbred horse trainer
  • William Veitch (b. 1775), American politician, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, 1846-49 [5]
  • James R. Veitch, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Manchester; Elected 1920 [5]
  • Agnes Veitch, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1964 [5]
  • William Veitch (1794-1885), Scottish classical scholar, son of a miller and farmer, was born at Spittal-on-Rule, parish of Bedrule, Roxburghshire [6]
  • Michael Veitch (b. 1962), Australian comedian, author, and broadcaster
  • John Veitch (1829-1894), Scottish poet
  • Darren William Veitch (b. 1960), retired Canadian former professional ice hockey player

Empress of Ireland
  • Miss Mary Elizabeth Veitch, Canadian Second Class Passenger from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]


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


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Friday 2nd February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stevenson 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstevenson1855.shtml
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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