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Where did the German Varner family come from? What is the German Varner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Varner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Varner family history?

The German surname Varner emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. German surnames developed at a time when most of Lower Saxony, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to more clearly identify themselves.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Werner, Warner, Warners, Werners, Wernere, Wernerer, Waerner, Warncke, Warnke (Hamburg), Werneke, Warnken, Warnke, Warneking (Westphalia) and many more.

First found in Lower Saxony, where the family gained a significant reputation for their contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. Branches of this estimable family held estates near Hanover, at Trebitsch in Silesia, and at Tolitz in Pomerania. The oldest form of the name is Werneke or Werner, but, in northern areas especially around Hamburg, it changed to Warner by around 1300. Chronicles first mention Herman Werneking of Hanover in 1497.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Varner research. Another 377 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1646, 1818, 1718, 1805, 1759, 1829, 1791, 1687, 1768, 1823, 1750, 1817, 1693, 1766, 1761, 1637 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Varner History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 151 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Varner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Varner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Adam Varner, aged 26, landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • James Varner, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772

Varner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Varner, aged 55, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • John Varner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Thomas Varner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • C Varner, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Joseph Varner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853

Varner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Varner, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842


  • Martin Varner (1785-1844), one of the original American settlers in Mexican Texas
  • Glen Gann "Buck" Varner (1930-2000), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Robert Edward Varner (1921-2006), United States federal judge
  • Jeff Varner (b. 1966), American news anchor, a former entertainment reporter
  • Geoffry Varner (b. 1987), American figure skater
  • Nick Varner (b. 1948), American pool player and was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America
  • Tom Varner (b. 1957), American French horn player and composer
  • James Christopher Varner (b. 1984), American mixed martial artist


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  2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  5. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  6. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  8. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  9. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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The Varner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Varner 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.

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