VINEYARD / WINYARD FAMILY HISTORY
Vinnard or Vennard family of Cornwall (and elsewhere)
John Vennard married Elizabeth Husband in the parish of Cuby with Tregony in 1763, and their son John (1797) went on to be a copper miner in Tywardreath near St. Blazey into the 1840's. Several of John's children emigrated to Australia, with some going to the USA and settling in Canada, with many of the lines using the 'Vinnard' form of the name. One descendant of the US lines has written a 92 page book on the family over there. One branch of the family remained in Cornwall until the early 1900's before moving to the valleys of South Wales, and this is the line of Cheryl Vinnard of Cardiff. There has been some discussion of possible French Huguenot origins for this branch of the name, with various sources referring to a possible origin in the Ardeche region of France.
There is an excellent Vennard family website with general background on the name and a more detailed discussion of the Irish Vennards, currently maintained by John Vennard.
This page was last updated 07 September 2006