Vinn is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vinn family lived in Gloucestershire
. Their name refers to the original bearer would have lived near a vineyard.
Early Origins of the Vinn family
The surname Vinn was first found in Gloucestershire
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Vinn family
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Vinn Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Vine, Vines, Vinn, Veyn, Vein and others.
Early Notables of the Vinn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vinn family to Ireland
Some of the Vinn 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.
Migration of the Vinn family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Vinn or a variant listed above: Thomas Vine settled in Barbados in 1663; Michael and Susannah Vine settled in Maryland in 1720; T. Vine arrived in New Orleans in 1823; Robert Vyne settled in Nevis in 1663 (he sailed from Bristol).