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Where did the English Verdun family come from? What is the English Verdun family crest and coat of arms? When did the Verdun family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Verdun family history?

Verdun is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Verdun family lived in Buckinghamshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Verdun, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Verdon, Verdan, Verdin, Verdun and others.

First found in Buckinghamshire where they were descended from Bertram de Verdun, a Norman baronial name from Verdun, near Avranches in Normandy, where they were descended form the Counts of Verdun, and came to England in 1066 and was granted Farnham Royal in that shire. Tradition has it that on the day of the Coronation of William I, he provided a glove for the King's right hand. In 1095 he served as Sheriff of York.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Verdun research. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1184 is included under the topic Early Verdun History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Verdun Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Verdun family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 140 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Verdun name or one of its variants:

Verdun Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Denis Verdun, aged 40, arrived in Louisiana in 1719

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The Verdun Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Verdun Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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