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Where did the English Vince family come from? What is the English Vince family crest and coat of arms? When did the Vince family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Vince family history?

The earliest origins of the Vince surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who was referred to as a finch deriving from the small songbird's name. The surname may have also an occupational origin, denoting someone who caught and sold finches.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Vince are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Vince include: Finch, Vinch, Vynch, Fynch, Vince, Vynche and others.

First found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vince research. Another 325 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1901, 1933, 1584, 1660, 1614, 1639, 1627, 1689, 1672, 1712, 1711, 1712, 1704, 1705, 1702, 1705, 1628, 1698, 1621, 1682, 1682, 1729, 1626, 1682, 1649, 1719 and 1599 are included under the topic Early Vince History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 257 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vince Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Vince family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Vince or a variant listed above:

Vince Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Vince, who landed in Maryland in 1665

Vince Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Vince settled in New England in 1767

Vince Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Vince settled in New Castle county Del. in 1833
  • John Vince, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867

Vince Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Vince arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
  • William Vince arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849
  • William Vince, aged 42, a gardener, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Edmund Vince, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Mallard"

Vince Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Vince, aged 31, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Richard Vince, aged 35, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Harriet Vince, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Richard Vince, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Ellen Vince, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874


  • James Michael Vince (b. 1991), English cricketer from Cuckfield, West Sussex
  • Samuel Vince (1749-1821), English clergyman, mathematician and astronomer at the University of Cambridge, awarded the Copley Medal in 1780, Archdeacon of Bedford in 1809
  • Bernie Vince (b. 1985), Australian Rules footballer


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil conscire sibi
Motto Translation: To have a conscience free from guilt.


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  6. 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.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Vince Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vince 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.

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