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Early Origins of the Laverne family

The surname Laverne was first found in Forez, a former province of France, now part of the modern Loire département, the Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme départements, where this eminent family held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Laverne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Laverne research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1499, 1535, 1580, 1585, 1637, 1648, 1668, 1790, 1792, 1793, and 1815 are included under the topic Early Laverne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Laverne Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Laverne, including Verne, Vernes, Vernent, La Verne, La Vernes, La Vernent, Laverne, Lavernes, Lavernent, De Verne and many more.

Early Notables of the Laverne family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Laverne family

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Laverne has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Laverne were Miss Verne, aged 20, who settled in New Orleans in 1821; and Dominique Verne, who arrived in New York, NY in 1844.

Contemporary Notables of the name Laverne (post 1700) +

  • Andy LaVerne (b. 1947), American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator
  • Thomas Laverne (1917-1994), American Republican politician and lawyer from New York, Member of the New York Senate (1961-1965), 1966 and (1967-1972) [1]
  • Lucille La Verne (1872-1945), born Lucille Mitchum, an American stage and screen actress, most widely remembered as the voice of the first Disney villain, the Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • Lauren Laverne (b. 1978), born, Lauren Cecilia Fisher, an English radio DJ, model, television presenter, author, singer
  • Donald Laverne Secrist (b. 1944), American former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who appeared in 28 games played for the 1969–1970 Chicago White Sox
  • Edgar Laverne Olson (1937-2020), American politician, Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (1985-1998)
  • Harry Laverne Anderson (1952-2018), American actor, comedian, and magician, best known for his leading role as Judge Harry Stone the television series Night Court (1984-1992)
  • Roger LaVerne Smith (1932-2017), American television and film actor and screenwriter, known for his work on 77 Sunset Strip and Mister Roberts, husband and manager of Ann-Margret, his wife of 50 years
  • Eugene Laverne Kunes (1909-1965), American professional PGA golfer in the 1930s through the 1940s, winner of the 1935 Canadian Open
  • Jerald LaVerne Ericksen (b. 1924), former professor at the Johns Hopkins University, recipient of the Timoshenko Medal in 1979, creator of the Ericksen number

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