Vines History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Vines family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Gloucestershire. Their name refers to the original bearer would have lived near a vineyard.

Early Origins of the Vines family

The surname Vines was first found in Gloucestershire, but was a "name common to many places in the South of England. In Norman times, the culture of the vine was a considerable branch of industry, and many great houses, especially monasteries, had their vineyards. " [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had only one listing for the family and that was found in Oxfordshire where Matilda la de la Vine was listed there at that time.

Early History of the Vines family

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Vines Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Vine, Vines, Vinn, Veyn, Vein and others.

Early Notables of the Vines family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Vines (1585-1651), English colonist, born near Bideford, Devonshire who emigrated to Maine, America in 1609, but later returned to England. He returned to New England, settling at Winter Harbour near Saco River, Massachusetts, about 1615. "He was principal superintendent of Saco before 1635, in which year Gorges appointed him councillor of 'New Somersetshire.' He explored the White Mountains in August 1642. In 1643 or 1644 he...
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Vines Ranking

In the United States, the name Vines is the 2,714th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Vines family to Ireland

Some of the Vines 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.


United States Vines migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Vines or a variant listed above were:

Vines Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Vines, who landed in New England in 1615 [3]
  • Samuel Vines, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [3]
  • Abram Vines, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [3]
  • Elizabeth Vines, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [3]
  • William Vines, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Vines Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Vines, aged 52, who landed in America from Londonderry, Ireland in 1892
  • Samuel Vines, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Thomas Vines, aged 20, who settled in America from Londonderry, Ireland in 1892
Vines Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • W. G. Vines, aged 31, who landed in America from Birmingham, in 1904
  • Enid Unice Liddan Vines, aged 20, who landed in America from St. Austell, England, in 1908
  • Edith Vines, aged 22, who settled in America from Hertford, England, in 1909
  • George Vines, aged 21, who settled in America from Portsmouth, England, in 1910
  • Hilda Vines, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States from England, in 1912
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Australia Vines migration to Australia +

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

Vines Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Vines, (b. 1810), aged 22, English groom who was convicted in Bristol, England for life for rioting, transported aboard the "England"on 31st March 1832, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1840 [4]
  • Mr. Peter Vines, English convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]

New Zealand Vines 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:

Vines Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Vines, (b. 1843), aged 35, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [6]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Vines, (b. 1852), aged 26, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Vines (post 1700) +

  • Scottie Vines (b. 1979), American football player
  • Robert Earl "Bob" Vines (1897-1982), American professional baseball pitcher
  • Lee Vines (1919-2011), Canadian-born, American television announcer and actor
  • Harry Doyle Vines (1938-2006), American prominent member of the wheelchair basketball community
  • Charles Jerry Vines (b. 1937), American preacher
  • Dexter Vines, American comic book artist and inker
  • Mark Vines (b. 1957), American former tennis player
  • Henry Ellsworth Vines Jr. (1911-1994), American tennis champion
  • Matthew Vines, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 2008 [7]
  • James Vines, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1960 [7]
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 26th April 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/england
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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