The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Varday family name to the British Isles. They lived in Cumberland
. Their name, however, is a reference to the Barony of La Ferte, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Varday family
The surname Varday was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
anciently after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Varday family
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Varday Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Vardy, Vardey, Vartey, Varty, Verty, Vertie and others.
Early Notables of the Varday family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Varday family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Varday or a variant listed above: Miles Vardey settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816; Mrs. Vardy, her husband and two children, settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765; Elizabeth Vardy settled in Virginia in 1653.