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

Ventress Early Origins



The surname Ventress 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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Ventress Spelling Variations


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Ventress Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ventress has been recorded under many different variations, including Ventris, Ventres, Venters, Ventrus, Ventras, Venture, Ventures, Ventrice, Ventriss, Fentress, Fentris and many more.

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Ventress Early History


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Ventress Early History



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

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Ventress Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ventress Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ventress 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 many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ventress or a variant listed above:

Ventress Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Ventress, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839

Ventress Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George R. Ventress, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Staithes, England, in 1910

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ventress (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ventress (post 1700)



  • Daniel W. Ventress, American politician, Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1888; Socialist Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Haddam, 1912
  • Connie Ventress, American actress, known for her work on Absentia (2011), Joe's Rotten World (1995) and Baby's Breath (2003)
  • Sib Ventress (b. 1960), American Primetime Emmy nominated film and television writer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Ventress Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ventress 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 16 October 2015 at 12:44.

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