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Where did the English Venable family come from? What is the English Venable family crest and coat of arms? When did the Venable family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Venable family history?

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.

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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.

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.


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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.

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Another 95 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Venable Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

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  • James L. Venable, American composer, for film and television
  • William Dion Venable (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball right fielder for the San Diego Padres
  • Evelyn Venable (1913-1993), American actress
  • William McKinley "Max" Venable (b. 1957), American former Major League Baseball outfielder/designated hitter
  • Abraham Bedford Venable (1758-1811), American politician, representative and senator from Virginia
  • Winston Venable (b. 1987), American NFL football safety for the Chicago Bears
  • Abraham B. Venable (1758-1811), U.S. Congressman and Senator from Virginia
  • Abraham Watkins Venable (1799-1876), U.S. and Confederate Congressman from North Carolina


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

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  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Venable Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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