The Veness surname is derived for the German words "Vogel," meaning "bird" and "Sang," meaning "song." The name is generally thought to be of nickname
origin, that is, the original bearer of the name may have been a singer. Alternatively the name may have been of locative origin from a place where one could hear bird songs.The American surname birdsong is a direct translation of the Germanic name Vogelsang.
Early Origins of the Veness family
The surname Veness was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed and from Venoix, in Calvados in Normandy
. The family name was first referenced in the year 1314 when John Venesoun held lands.
Early History of the Veness family
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Veness Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Veness are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Veness include Venison, Veness, Venes, Venis, Venus, Vennison, Venoix and many more.
Early Notables of the Veness family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Veness family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Veness, or a variant listed above:
Veness Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John and William Veness both sailed to America in 1832
- L. W. Veness, aged 59, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
- Albt. Veness, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1895
Veness Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alfred Edward Veness, aged 39, who emigrated to America, in 1903
- Bertram F. Veness, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
- Emilie Veness, aged 36, who landed in America from England, in 1903
- Thomas Veness, aged 70, who landed in America from Swanson, in 1904
- Thomas Veness, aged 74, who settled in America from Swindon, England, in 1907
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Veness Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- G. H. Veness, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1869
Contemporary Notables of the name Veness (post 1700)
- Sir David Christopher Veness CBE, QPM, British former senior police officer and United Nations official
- Amy Veness (1876-1960), British film actress