Venters History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Venters is derived from the Middle English word "aventurous," meaning "the venturous." [1]

Another source "suggests La Ventrouse in the arrondissement of Montagne, Normandy, as the home of the family." [2]

Following the Norman theme, we found Ralph Ventras, or Vintras, Normandy 1180-95 in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae. [3]

Early Origins of the Venters family

The surname Venters was first found in Huntingdonshire where William A Ventur was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279. Years later, William le Ventre was found in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. Francis Ventreys was listed in the Feet of Fines for Huntingdonshire in 1600. [1]

Some records point to Cambridgeshire, where the family was first referenced in the 13th century when they held a family seat at Wittlesford.

The Venters variant is typically found in Scotland where the name is "current in Fife," but like the English variants, there is much debate as to the origin. [4]

Early History of the Venters family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Venters research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1586, 1614, 1650, 1642, 1674, 1645, 1691, 1645, 1653, 1654, 1661, 1681, 1688, 1689, 1603 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Venters History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Venters Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Venters include Ventris, Ventres, Venters, Ventrus, Ventras, Venture, Ventures, Ventrice, Ventriss, Fentress, Fentris and many more.

Early Notables of the Venters family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Peyton Ventris (1645-1691), English judge and politician. He was the "eldest surviving son of Edward Ventris, barrister-at-law, of Gray's Inn and Granhams, Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire (a scion of a Bedfordshire family of some antiquity), by Mary, daughter of John Breuse of Wenham Hall, Suffolk, was born at Wenham Hall in November 1645. He was admitted on 3 Feb. 1653-1654 a member of the Middle Temple, where he was called to the bar on 2 June 1661. Failing to secure a practice, he devoted himself to...
Another 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Venters Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Venters Ranking

In the United States, the name Venters is the 16,297th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]


United States Venters migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Venters Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Venters, aged 0, who arrived in America from Wallaeston, Scotland, in 1907
  • Betsey Venters, aged 2, who arrived in America from Wallaeston, Scotland, in 1907
  • Betsie Venters, aged 29, who arrived in America from Wallaeston, Scotland, in 1907
  • Henry Venters, aged 8, who arrived in America from Wallaeston, Scotland, in 1907
  • Minnie Venters, aged 4, who arrived in America from Wallaeston, Scotland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Venters (post 1700) +

  • Jonathan William "Jonny" Venters (b. 1985), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves
  • Albert Venters, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1960 [6]
  • Alex Venters (1913-1959), Scottish footballer


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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