Venables Surname Genealogy

The surname Venables originated from the place-name Venables, a village near Evreux in Normandy, and was born by a Norman lord who came to England with William the Conqueror. Venables itself derives from the Latin venabulum meaning a long hunting spear. The Norman lord, Gilbert de Venables, was sometimes known as Gilbert Hunter.  The spelling in America has tended to be Venable.
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Venables Ancestry

Gilbert de Venables was given Wincham Hall and held the barony of
Kinderton in Cheshire after the Norman conquest of 1066. These
Venables were barons of Chester and Warrington, lords of Middlewich
manor and Kinderton Lodge, and also held Antrobus Hall near
Northwich. The family was a prominent force in medieval

One Venables line was to be found at Millington in
Rostherne parish in
Cheshire from the 16th century onwards. These
Venables were later at Oswestry in Shropshire where
the Rev. Joseph Venables was a Congregational minister in the 1750’s:

  • Lazarus
    Venables, born in Oswestry, was the father of Edward F. Venables, one
    of the
    British army heroes at the time of the Indian mutiny in 1857.
  • another Venables line here led to John Venables of
    Whittington who emigrated on the Caroline
    to Adelaide in South Australia in 1849.

from the Antrobus branch of the family fought for
Oliver Cromwell in Ireland and the West Indies and acquired Wincham
Hall. Venables were to remain there until the 20th century.
Other Venables were recorded at various parishes in Staffordshire
during the 17th century. The Venables of Kinderton became peers
of the realm as Lord Vernon of Kinderton in 1762.

In more recent
times a Venables family has been associated with the Quarry Bank

at Styal in Cheshire.

Most American
bearers of this name are descended from Abraham Venables
who came to Virginia in the 1685 and settled in New Kent county.
Counted as one of the “first families of Virginia,” his descendants
were to distinguish themselves as planters, patriots, statesmen, and

Abraham B. Venable (the family had quickly lost its “s”) was a
Virginia senator after the Revolutionary War, while his nephew Abraham
W. Venable served as congressman. Nathaniel Venable and his sons
were instrumental in founding Hampden-Sidney College where their
children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were
educated. Elizabeth M. Venable’s 1925 book Venables of Virginia narrated the
family genealogy.

Thomas Venable, a Quaker, came to Burlington, New Jersey sometime in
the 1730’s. His family later moved onto Ohio. A fifth
generation descendant in Ohio was the poet, educator, novelist and
historian, William
H. Venable.

of this family moved to SW Louisiana. TheRev. William Venable,
a Methodist minister, arrived from England in 1807 and settled in St.
Parish in Louisiana. Louisiana today has the largest number of
in America.

South Africa.
Daniel Venables from
Staffordshire with his wife and children were among the 1820 Settlers
departed Liverpool for Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape

Venables Miscellany

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further stories and accounts:

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Robert Venables was a soldier for Cromwell in Ireland and the
West Indies. Later in life he wrote a treatise on fishing.
Charles S. Venable was a
mathematics professor in Virginia who became Robert E. Lee’s
aide-de-camp during the Civil War.
was the English football manager who led the national
team in Euro 96.

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  • 4,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Wiltshire)
  • 3,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Louisiana)
  • 2,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)



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