Varay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Varay family
The surname Varay was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1100 when Roger Verer held lands.
Early History of the Varay family
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Varay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Varay family name include Verrer, Verrier, Verriour, Veryet, Verieur, Verry and many more.
Early Notables of the Varay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Varay family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Varay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Very who was among the very first settlers arriving in the colonies, when he went to New England in 1647; or Margaret Very who went to Maryland in 1676. Issac Very arrived in Virginia in the year 1700. James Verrier was brought to America as a convict, and left to do the best he could with himself in a new land in 1769. Jane Verrier arrived in Baltimore, at the age of 36.
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