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The ancestors of the Venable family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Cheshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Venables, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.


The surname Venable was first found in Cheshire where this distinguished Norman family were descended from Gilbert de Venables, from Venables, in the canton of Gaillon, near Evreu in Normandy. Walter Veneur (ancestor of Gilbert), fought at the Battle of Fords in 960 between the King of France and Richard I Duke of Normandy. "The manor [of Agden] was held by a family of the same name: a moiety of it passed by female heirs to the families of Daniel and Venables; the other moiety, by purchase, to the Savages, who sold it to the family of Venables in 1619. William Venables married the heiress of the Daniels; and in 1727 the heiress of George Venables was married to Sir T. P. Chetwode, Bart., in whose family the property continues." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Venable were recorded, including Venables, Venable and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Venable research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1762, 1604, 1669, 1640, 1669, 1613, 1687 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Venable History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Peter Venables (1604-1669), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1640 and 1669, supporter of the...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Venable Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Venable arrived in North America very early:

Venable Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Venable, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Richard Venable settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Abraham Venable, who arrived in Virginia in 1685

Venable Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • D Venable, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

  • Abraham Watkins Venable (1799-1876), U.S. and Confederate Congressman from North Carolina
  • Abraham B. Venable (1758-1811), U.S. Congressman and Senator from Virginia
  • Winston Venable (b. 1987), American NFL football safety for the Chicago Bears
  • Abraham Bedford Venable (1758-1811), American politician, representative and senator from Virginia
  • William McKinley "Max" Venable (b. 1957), American former Major League Baseball outfielder/designated hitter
  • Evelyn Venable (1913-1993), American actress
  • William Dion Venable (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball right fielder for the San Diego Padres
  • James L. Venable, American composer, for film and television
  • Charles E. Venable, American politician, Candidate for Delaware State House of Representatives 32nd District, 1998
  • Abraham Watkins Venable (1799-1876), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 5th District, 1847-53; Delegate from North Carolina to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62
  • ...

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: Venabulis Vinco
Motto Translation: I conquer with hunting-spears.


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Venable Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Venable 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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