The Varhan name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from 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 Varhan was originally derived from the Old English words fearn
which means a fern-covered homestead
Early Origins of the Varhan family
The surname Varhan 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 Varhan family
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Varhan Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Varhan has undergone many spelling variations
, including Farnham, Farnhams, Farnhan, Fearnham, Farneham and others.
Early Notables of the Varhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Varhan family to Ireland
Some of the Varhan 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 Varhan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Varhan were among those contributors: 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.