The distinguished surname Ventress is derived from the Middle English word "aventurous," meaning "the venturous."
Early Origins of the Ventress family
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.
Early History of the Ventress family
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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.
Early Notables of the Ventress family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ventress family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Ventress (post 1700)
- 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
- Daniel W. Ventress, American politician, Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1888; Socialist Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Haddam, 1912 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html