The Vhavenda of today are descendants of many heterogeneous groupings and clans such as:
Vhadau, Vhambedzi, Vhatavhatsindi, Vhakwevho, Vhafamadi, Vhalea, Vhania, Vhagoni, Vhaluvhu, Vhatwamamba, Vhanyai,Vhanzhelele/Vhalembethu, Vhalovhedzi, and Vhasenzi. Vhakwevho and Vhafamadi are the sub-groups of Vhatavhatsindi.
Vhadau, Vhambedzi, Vhatavhatsindi, Vhalea, Vhania, Vhatwamamba, Vhagoni and Vhaluvhu were collectively known as Vhangona. Vhangona clans were the first clans to settle in present day Venda and parts of southern Zimbabwe. Vhangona are therefore regarded as the aboriginal Vendas. Archaeological evidence indicates that Vhangona were already in Venda and southern Zimbabwe in 400 AD. As the first group to settle in Venda, Vhangona named most of the places, mountains, rivers, hills, etc