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When the ancestors of the Varley family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Norfolk. Their name, however, is a reference to Verly, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Varley Early Origins



The surname Varley was first found in Norfolk where they were descended from Hugh and Roger De Verleio, two knights of St. Martin De Aubigny in Manche in the arrondisement of Coutances in Normandy. R. de Verli was granted lands in 1066 in Norfolk and was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086.

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Varley Spelling Variations


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Varley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Varley have been found, including Varley, Verley and others.

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Varley Early History


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Varley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Varley research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Varley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Varley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Varley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Varley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Varley In Ireland


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Varley In Ireland



Some of the Varley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Varley were among those contributors:

Varley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Varley, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • Chr Varley, who landed in Virginia in 1698

Varley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaretta Varley, who settled in New York State in 1775 with her two children

Varley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bernard Varley, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Joseph Varley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • John Varley arrived in Philadelphia in 1860
  • William Varley arrived in Philadelphia in 1874
  • John B Varley, who arrived in Mississippi in 1889

Varley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Caries Varley, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Varley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Varley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848
  • Thomas Varley, aged 40, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Varley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Varley (post 1700)



  • Herbert Paul Varley (b. 1931), American academic, historian, author, and Japanologist
  • Val Varley, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State Senate 28th District, 1994
  • John Herbert Varley (b. 1947), American science fiction author
  • Paul Varley (1949-2008), English musician best known as the drummer in the band Arrows
  • John Silvester Varley (b. 1956), English banker, and former Group Chief Executive of Barclays Bank
  • John Varley (1740-1809), English canal engineer from Heanor, Derbyshire
  • Tom Varley, English collector of steam-powered vehicles known as the Tom Varley Collection based in Lancashire
  • Cornelius Varley FRSA (1781-1873), English water-colour painter and inventor who gained a medal for his invention of the graphic telescope
  • Cromwell Fleetwood "C.F." Varley FRSA (1828-1883), English engineer, known for his work in the development of the electric telegraph and the transatlantic telegraph cable
  • John Varley (1778-1842), English watercolor painter, a close friend of William Blake
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Varley Historic Events


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Varley Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Alice Mercy Varley, American 2nd Class passenger from East Northfield, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Magna est Veritas
Motto Translation: Great is truth.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    11. ...

    The Varley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Varley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 25 April 2016 at 17:22.

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