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