Venables History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Venables was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Venables family 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.

Early Origins of the Venables family

The surname Venables 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]

Early History of the Venables family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Venables research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1762, 1604, 1669, 1640, 1669, 1613, 1687 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Venables History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Venables Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Venables have been found, including Venables, Venable and others.

Early Notables of the Venables family (pre 1700)

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 Venables Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Venables migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Venables were among those contributors:

Venables Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Venables, who landed in Maryland in 1662 [2]
  • William Venables, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [2]
  • William and Elizabeth Venables, who settled in Philadelphia in 1682 with their two children
Venables Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Venables, who settled in Philadelphia in 1833
  • Ben Venables, who settled in Philadelphia in 1844

Australia Venables migration to Australia +

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

Venables Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Venables 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:

Venables Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Venables, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl of Lonsdale" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand on 11th April 1841 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Venables (post 1700) +

  • Brent Venables (b. 1970), American college football coach
  • Robert L. Venables Sr., American Democrat politician, Elected Delaware State Senate 21st District 1998 [4]
  • Anthony Venables (b. 1953), English economist
  • George Venables -Vernon (1709-1780), 1st Baron Vernon, British politician
  • Edward Venables -Vernon-Harcourt (1757-1847), British religious leader, Bishop of Carlisle
  • Stephen Venables (b. 1954), British mountaineer and writer
  • Archbishop Gregory James Venables (b. 1949), British religious leader, Primate of the Southern Cone
  • Terry Venables (b. 1943), British football manager
  • Clare Venables (1943-2003), British theatre director


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


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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