The surname of VINSUN from the Latin 'Vincentius', meaning conquering. A Baptismal name 'the son of Vincent' and the name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Early records of the name mention Roger Vincent of County Berkshire, in 1273. Vincent atte More of the County of Somerset during the reign of Edward III, 1327 - 1377. Johannes Vynsand in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Francis Vincent, of County Surrey was registered at Oxford University in 1582. Richard Hart and Judith Vincent were married at St.Thomas the Apostle, London, in 1581. This medieval given name was originally from the Latin Vincentius. The name was borne by a 3rd century Spanish martyr widely venerated in the Middle Ages, and by a 5th century monk and writer of Lerins, as well as other early saints. In Eastern Europe the name was popular in honour of Wincenty Kadlubek (who died in 1223) a bishop of Cracow and an early chronicler; he was venerated especially in Silesia and his head was believed to rest in Wroclaw. A notable member of the name was Saint Vincent De Paul (1581-1660) the French priest and philanthropist, born in Pouy in Gascony. He was admitted to priest's orders in 1600. On a voyage from Marseilles to Narbonne in 1605 he was captured and sold into slavery in Tunis. His master, was persuaded by Vincent to return to the Christian faith, so, escaping they landed in France in 1607. Having then gone to Rome he was entrusted with a mission to the French Court in 1608, and became almoner of Henri IV's Queen. He formed associations for helping the sick. He was canonized in 1737 and his feast day is 19th July.
Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
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