The name Vinnce is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Early Origins of the Vinnce family
The surname Vinnce was first found in Hertfordshire
where they held a family seat
at Redheath. Conjecturally the name became established as Finch by Vincent Herbert of Winchelsea, who by a strange combination of Vincent and Winch of Winchelsea, bore the alias of Finch, and became the Earl of Winchelsea, having the Christian name of Finch.
"Vincent Herbert of Winchelsea, 20 Edward I. [(during the twentieth year of Edward I's reign)] bore the alias of Finch. The early pedigree of the Earl of Winchelsea's family is very obscure. Their former surname was Herbert, and one of the earliest if not the first who was known as Finch was this very Vincent. In Sussex the baptismal name Vincent is often corrupted to Winch or Vinch." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Vinnce family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vinnce research.Another 390 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1273, 1379, 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 Vinnce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vinnce Spelling Variations
Vinnce has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Vinnce have been found, including Finch, Vinch, Vynch, Fynch, Vince, Vynche and others.
Early Notables of the Vinnce family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Finch, 1st Baron
Finch (1584-1660), an English judge and politician, Speaker of the House of Commons; Sir Moyle Finch (1614-?), 1st Earl of Winchilsea; his son Thomas Finch (d. 1639), 2nd Earl of Winchilsea; Sir Heneage Finch (c.1627-1689), 3rd Earl of Winchilsea... Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vinnce Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vinnce family to Ireland
Some of the Vinnce family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vinnce family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Vinnces to arrive on North American shores: Abraham Finch who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 with his three sons; Benjamin Finch settled in Barbados in 1678 with his wife and his daughter.
The Vinnce 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: Nil conscire sibi
Motto Translation: To have a conscience free from guilt.