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

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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.

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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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.

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Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ventress Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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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  • 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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  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. 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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