Vere History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Vere is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Vere family lived in Essex, but the family can trace their roots much farther back. They were originally from Ver, near Bayeux, Normandy where it was from the local form of this place-name, de Ver. Their surname literally translates as from Ver. [1]

Early Origins of the Vere family

The surname Vere was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. In the Domesday Book, [2] Aubrey (Albericus) de Vere (died c. 1112) was a tenant-in-chief in England of William the Conqueror in 1086 and progenitor of the Earls of Oxford. He was one of the great landowners of England and held his castle from the King at Hedingham in Essex. He also held Kensington a suburb of London.

The first Earl of Oxford was Aubrey de Vere, (c. 1115-1194.) His son Robert de Vere (c. 1165-1221), 3rd Earl of Oxford was hereditary Master Chamberlain of England and was one of the guarantors of Magna Carta. This line of earls continued until Aubrey de Vere, 20th Earl of Oxford (1627-1703.) Lavenham, Suffolk, became the home of the family of the Earls of Oxford.

"The church was rebuilt in the reign of Henry VI., partly by the De Veres, earls of Oxford, who resided here, and partly by the family of Spring, wealthy clothiers. The entrance is by a porch, supposed to have been erected by John de Vere (1442-1513), the fourteenth earl of Oxford, and much enriched; over the arch is a finely-sculptured double niche, and on each side of the niche are three escutcheons, each bearing quartered coats of arms of the De Vere family." [3]

Important Dates for the Vere family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vere research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1385, 1338, 1400, 1385, 1417, 1408, 1462, 1462, 1499, 1526, 1482, 1540, 1516, 1562, 1550, 1604, 1593, 1625, 1575, 1632, 1627 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Vere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vere Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled DeVere, DeVera, Dever, Devere, Vere, Ver, Vaire and many more.

Early Notables of the Vere family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who was made Marquess of Dublin in 1385 by King Richard II; Aubrey de Vere, 10th Earl of Oxford (c. 1338-1400); Richard de Vere, 11th Earl of Oxford (1385?-1417); John de Vere, 12th Earl of Oxford (1408-1462), he was convicted of high treason and beheaded on Tower Hill on 26 February 1462; John de Vere, 14th Earl of Oxford (1499-1526), an English peer and landowner...
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Migration of the Vere family to Ireland

Some of the Vere family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vere migration to the United States

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Vere or a variant listed above:

Vere Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Horatio Vere, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [4]
Vere Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Cecilly Vere, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [4]
  • William Vere, who arrived in Virginia in 1771 [4]

Vere migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Vere Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Vere, aged 34, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [5]
  • james Vere, aged 34, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [5]
  • Johanna Vere, aged 29, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [5]
  • Elizabeth Vere, aged 3, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Vere (post 1700)

  • Sir Horace Vere (1565-1635), 1st Baron Vere of Tilbury, English soldier
  • Sir Francis Vere (1560-1609), English soldier
  • Charles Broke Vere (1779-1843), British soldier and Member of Parliament
  • Roger Vere McNeice OAM FRNS, Australian numismatist, historian, and coin collector
  • Colonel Stafford Vere Hotchkin MC MP (1876-1953), English landowner, officer and politician, Member of Parliament for Horncastle (1920–1922), High Sheriff of Rutland
  • Sir Charles Vere Gunning (b. 1859), 7th Baronet of Eltham in the County of Kent,English peer
  • Major-General Sir George Vere Kemball KCMG, CB, DSO, R.A. (1859-1941), British Army officer
  • Sir Henry Vere Huntley (1795-1864), English naval officer and colonial administrator, 11th Governor of Prince Edward Island (1841-1847)
  • Dr. Herbert Vere Evatt QC KStJ (1894-1965), Australian judge, lawyer, parliamentarian and writer, Justice of the High Court of Australia (1930-1940), Chief Justice of New South Wales (1960-1962), 15th Leader of the Opposition (1951-1960)
  • Cecil Vere Davidge (1901-1981), British lawyer and academic, Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, High Sheriff of Northamptonshire

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  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "PRINCE REGENT" 1849. Retrieved from
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