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The ancient roots of the Venn family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Venn comes from when the family lived near a marsh or swamp. Another name for wetlands is fen, in the Old English fenn, from which this name is derived. There are two place-names that may serve as sources for the name as well: Fen, in Lincolnshire, and Venn, in Devon.
The surname Venn was first found in Devon, where the family held a family seat from early times. The origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the Venn family emerged independently in different areas during the Middle Ages. The earliest known bearer of the name was Godwin de la Fenna, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of 1176.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Venn has appeared include Fenn, Fenne, Fennoy, Fann, Fan, Venn, Fen and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Venn research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1185, 1190, 1199, 1297, 1639, 1637, 1723, 1615, 1987, 1687, 1586, 1650, 1641 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Venn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Notables of this surname at this time include Sir Richard Venn or Fenn (died 1639), an English merchant and politician, Lord Mayor of London in 1637; John Fenn (died May 1723), an early 18th century English pirate who sailed with Captain Bartholomew Roberts; John Fenn (d. December 1615), an English Roman...
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Venn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Venn arrived in North America very early:
Venn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Venn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Venn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Venn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Venn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Venn 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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