Vincent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Vincent is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Vincent family lived in Leicestershire. Their name, however, is a reference to St. Vincent-de-Cramenil, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Vincent family

The surname Vincent was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat from early times at Swinford. They were originally from St. Vincent-de-Cramenil in Le Havre in Normandy. Today, Swinford is a village and civil parish in the Harborough district

"The family of Vincent descend from Miles Vincent, owner of the lands at Swinford in the county of Leicester, in the tenth of Edward II." [1]

Exploration of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 discovered: Roger Vincent in Berkshire; and Richard filius Vincent in Huntingdonshire. [2] Kirby's Quest listed Vincent atte More in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [3] Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes Vynsand. [2]

Early History of the Vincent family

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Vincent Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Vincent are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Vincent include Vincent, Vinsant, Vinsen, Vincer and others.

Early Notables of the Vincent family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Augustine Vince (1584?-1626), English herald, born presumably at Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, about 1584, the third and youngest son of William Vincent (d. 1618) and his wife Elizabeth. [4] John Vincent (1591-1646), was nominated by the committee of the Westminster Assembly to the rectory of Sedgefield, Durham; and his son, Nathaniel Vincent (1639?-1697), was an English nonconformist minister from Cornwall, ejected in 1662 and several times imprisoned. Thomas Vincent (1634-1678), was...
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Ireland Migration of the Vincent family to Ireland

Some of the Vincent family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Vincent migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Vincent, or a variant listed above:

Vincent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sarah Allerton Vincent, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [5]
  • William Vincent, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Adrian Vincent, who settled in Massachusetts in 1633-1634
  • Adrian Vincent, who settled in New England in 1633
  • Humphrey Vincent, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1634 [5]
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Vincent Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francis Vincent, aged 56, who landed in New York in 1719 [5]
  • John Vincent, who settled in Maryland in 1726
  • Louis Vincent, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [5]
  • Madeleine Vincent, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [5]
  • Francoise Vincent, who landed in South Carolina in 1756 [5]
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Vincent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Vincent, who settled in New York in 1820
  • Vicente Vincent, aged 50, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1830 [5]
  • Charles Vincent, who settled in New York in 1832
  • Joseas Vincent, who arrived in New York in 1834 [5]
  • Ovid Vincent, who landed in New York in 1834 [5]
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Canada Vincent migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vincent Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean-Antoine Vincent, who arrived in Canada in 1632-1760
  • Mr. Michel Vincent, (b. 1636), aged 20, French labourer travelling to Canada to work for François Peron, arriving on 11th April 1656 [6]
Vincent Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Giles Vincent was a planter of Connaigre, Newfoundland in 1710 [7]
  • Jean Vincent, son of Michel and Anne-Marie, who married Élisabeth Comeau, daughter of Abraham and Marguerite, in Beaubassin, Acadia on 25th May 1734 [8]
  • François Vincent, son of François and Catherine, who married Marguerite Tessier, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Élisabeth, in Longueuil, Quebec on 15th September 1738 [8]
  • Thomas Vincent, son of Vincent and Anne, who married Agathe Bélanger, daughter of Jean-François and Marie, in Sainte-Anne, Quebec on 5th May 1738 [8]
  • John Vincent, who settled in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1739 [7]
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Vincent Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jonathan Vincent, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • William Vincent, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Gershom Vincent, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • William Vincent, aged 45, a husbandman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Bolivar" from Plymouth, England
  • Mary Vincent, aged 38, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Bolivar" from Plymouth, England
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Australia Vincent migration to Australia +

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

Vincent Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Vincent, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mary Anne Vincent, aged 16, a domestic servant, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [10]
  • Mr. John Vincent, (b. 1825), aged 19, Cornish settler convicted in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK on 2nd July 1844, sentenced for 7 years for 2 counts of housebreaking against Phillip Dawe and Thomas Eva, transported aboard the ship "Maitland" on 22nd June 1846 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [11]
  • John Vincent, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848 [12]
  • Nicholas Vincent, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848 [13]
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New Zealand Vincent 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:

Vincent Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Edward Vincent, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • William Edward Vincent, aged 17, a printer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Mr. William Edward Vincent, (b. 1819), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 25th January 1841 [14]
  • Charles Vincent, aged 27, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Sarah Vincent, aged 26, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Vincent (post 1700) +

  • Jan-Michael Vincent (1944-2019), American actor, best known for his role as Stringfellow Hawke on the 1980s U.S. television series Airwolf (1984–1986)
  • David W. Vincent (1949-2017), American baseball official scorer, statistician, and historian, nicknamed "The Sultan of Swats Stats" by ESPN
  • Vinnie Vincent (b. 1952), born Vincent John Cusano, American guitarist and songwriter, former member in the band Kiss
  • Brigadier General Clinton D. Vincent (1914-1955), American flying ace
  • Edward Vincent (b. 1934), American state Senator
  • Cerina Vincent (b. 1979), American film actress and model
  • Francis Thomas Vincent Jr. (b. 1938), American businessman, national baseball commissioner (1989-1992)
  • William Vincent (1739-1815), English Dean of Westminster, born on 2 Nov. 1739 in Limehouse Street Ward, London, the fifth surviving son of Giles Vincent, packer and Portugal merchant
  • Captain Richard Budd Vincent (1770-1831), English Royal Navy officer, born about 1770 at Newbury in Berkshire where his father Osman Vincent was a banker, brother of John Painter Vincent
  • John Painter Vincent (1776-1852), English surgeon, born at Newbury, Berkshire, son of Osman Vincent, silk merchant and banker in that town
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Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Vincent (1858-1914), English Second Class Passenger from Faircross, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mrs. Clara Vincent (1857-1914), née Searson English Second Class Passenger from Faircross, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Leonard Andrew  Vincent, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Jeffery E.S. Vincent, British Lieutenant with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [17]


The Vincent Motto +

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: Vincenti dabitur
Motto Translation: It shall be given to the conqueror.


Suggested Readings for the name Vincent +

  • 583 The Vincent Family: Descendants of Adrian Vincent by Anna M. Vincent, The Vincent Family Genealogy by Clyde W. and Ida C. Vincent, Vincent Family Records by Sheridan Eugene Vincent.

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  7. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  8. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  11. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hooghly.htm
  13. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) POICTIERS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Poictiers.htm
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  16. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  17. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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