Varham is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived at Farnham, in several different counties including Buckinghamshire
, and the West Riding of Yorkshire
. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the surname Varham was originally derived from the Old English words fearn
which means a fern-covered homestead
Early Origins of the Varham family
The surname Varham was first found in one of the many villages names Farnham throughout England
in the following counties or shires: Dorset
, North Yorkshire
, and Surrey
. Farnham Common and Farnham Royal are located in Buckinghamshire
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The name has numerous listings in the Domesday Book with various spellings that were in use at the time: Fernham, Dorset; Phernham Essex; Fareham North Yorkshire; Farnham, Suffolk; and Fernham Surrey. Farnham Royal was listed as Fernham Riall. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
While one would suppose the surname originated from one or more of the aforementioned locals, another reference suggests we must look to Leicestershire, specifically Quorndon to find the surname's true origin as in "this ancient family was certainly seated at Quorndon two descents before the reign of Edward I." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Varham family
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Varham 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 Varham family name include Farnham, Farnhams, Farnhan, Fearnham, Farneham and others.
Early Notables of the Varham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Varham family to Ireland
Some of the Varham family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Varham family to the New World and Oceana
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 Varham surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas and Ralph Farnham who had came to Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1634; as did Henry Farnham of Warwickshire
, who settled there in 1644. Alice, Mary, and Ralph Farnham settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635.