Venus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Venus surname is derived for the German words "Vogel," meaning "bird" and "Sang," meaning "song." The name is generally thought to be of nickname origin, that is, the original bearer of the name may have been a singer. Alternatively the name may have been of locative origin from a place where one could hear bird songs. The American surname Birdsong is a direct translation of the Germanic name Vogelsang.

Alternatively, the name could have been Norman, having derived from Venoix, near Caen which was held by the hereditary Marshals of the Stable of the Dukes of Normandy. [1]

Early Origins of the Venus family

The surname Venus was first found in Kent where in the year 1314, John Venesoun was listed in the Feet of Fines. [2]

Four brothers of this house are entered in Domesday: Robert de Hastings (see Hastings); Roger; Ceroid; and Gosfrid. The latter was the father of Gilbert, who, with his son John, was impleaded by Robert de Venoix and William de Hastings for the Office of Mareschal to the King, which, although it could not have been theirs by right of birth, they then held, and successfully maintained. John espoused the cause of the Empress Maud, and was rewarded on her son's accession with lands of great value in Wiltshire. [1]

Henry II. further confirmed the office of Lord Mareschal to the next heir, his son John, who accordingly bore the great gilt Spurs at the coronation of Coeur de Lion, and was succeeded by his brother William at that time one of the great potentates of the land in 1199. [1]

Early History of the Venus family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Venus research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Venus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Venus Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Venison, Veness, Venes, Venis, Venus, Vennison, Venoix and many more.

Early Notables of the Venus family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Venus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Venus migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Venus name or one of its variants:

Venus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Venus and Elizabeth Venns were brought to the New World in bondage, in 1736 as convicts, and deposited in Maryland
  • John Venus, who arrived in America in the same fashion in 1749
  • Philip Venus, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1763
  • Philip Venus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763 [3]
Venus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jos Venus, aged 34, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1846 [3]
  • John Venus went to Michigan in 1892

Canada Venus migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Venus Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Harold Venus was living in Ontario in 1871 at the age of 28

New Zealand Venus migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Venus Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Venus, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855

Contemporary Notables of the name Venus (post 1700) +

  • Venus Ramey (b. 1924), American model, Miss America 1944, eponym of the Venus Ramey, a B-17 of the 15th Air Force, 301st bomb group
  • Venus Lacy (b. 1967), Gold Medal-winning American Olympic basketball player


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)


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