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The distinguished surname Venter is derived from the Middle English word "aventurous," meaning "the venturous."

Venter Early Origins



The surname Venter was first found in Cambridgeshire, where the family 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. However, Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held a family seat at Wittlesford.

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Venter Spelling Variations


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Venter Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Venter family name include Ventris, Ventres, Venters, Ventrus, Ventras, Venture, Ventures, Ventrice, Ventriss, Fentress, Fentris and many more.

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Venter Early History


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Venter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Venter research. Another 206 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1645, and 1691 are included under the topic Early Venter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Venter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Venter Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Venter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Venter surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Venter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Venter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Petter Venter, aged 20, landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Fredk Venter, aged 27, landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

Venter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • G F Venter, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Johann Venter, who landed in Brazil in 1851
  • Harman Venter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Thomas Venter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Venter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Venter (post 1700)



  • John Craig Venter (b. 1946), American biologist and entrepreneur, one of the first to sequence the human genome
  • Dr. Elizabeth "Rina" Venter (b. 1938), South African politician, Minister of National Health and Population Development (1989 to 1994)
  • Jacobus "Kosie" Francois Venter (b. 1969), former South Arican cricketer
  • Major-General Christoffel "Boetie" Venter CB DFC with bar (1892-1977), South African military commander
  • William Peter "Bill" Venter (b. 1934), South African businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist
  • Brendan Venter (b. 1969), South African former rugby union player
  • Shaun Venter (b. 1987), South African rugby union footballer
  • Francois Venter (b. 1991), South African rugby union footballer
  • André Gerhardus Venter (b. 1970), former South African rugby union footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    4. 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.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. 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.
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Venter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Venter 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 March 2016 at 08:25.

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