Varcoe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Varcoe family

The surname Varcoe was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria is buried. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Varcoe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Varcoe research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1784 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Varcoe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Varcoe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vercken, Vergen, Vergenst, Verger, Fergen, Fergon and others.

Early Notables of the Varcoe family (pre 1700)

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United States Varcoe migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Varcoe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fred Varcoe, who arrived in Nebraska sometime between 1873 and 1939

Canada Varcoe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Varcoe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jonathon Varcoe, who settled in Ontario in 1871
  • Bertha S. Varcoe, who settled in Toronto in 1871
  • George Varcoe, who settled in Ontario in 1871
  • Henry Varcoe, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

Australia Varcoe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Varcoe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Varcoe, aged 45, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [1]
  • Elizabeth Varcoe, aged 46, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [1]
  • Jane B. Varcoe, aged 22, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [1]
  • Henry Varcoe, aged 20, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [1]
  • Benjamin Varcoe, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Varcoe migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Varcoe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alfred Varcoe, (b. 1842), aged 21, Cornish farm labourer departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [2]
  • Miss Bessy Varcoe, (b. 1846), aged 17, Cornish domestic servant departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [2]
  • Miss Christiana Varcoe, (b. 1855), aged 8, Cornish settler departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [2]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Varcoe, (b. 1821), aged 42, Cornish settler departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [2]
  • Miss Ellen Varcoe, (b. 1844), aged 19, Cornish cook departing on 20th October 1863 aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Varcoe (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Christopher Varcoe (b. 1948), English bass-baritone from Lostwithiel, Cornwall
  • Jeremy Richard Lovering Grosvenor Varcoe (b. 1937), British diplomat
  • Helen Varcoe (1907-1995), English bronze medalist swimmer from Croydon, London at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Travis Varcoe (b. 1988), Australian rules footballer for the Collingwood Football Club

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Lavinia Varcoe, American 2nd Class passenger from Kansas City, Missouri, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "PRINCE REGENT" 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849PrinceRegent.htm
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  3. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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