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The name Varney reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Varney family lived in Buckinghamshire.

Varney Early Origins



The surname Varney was first found in Buckinghamshire, when they arrived from Vernai a parish in the arrondisement of Bayeaux in Normandy.

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Varney Spelling Variations


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Varney Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Varney family name include Varney, Verney and others.

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Varney Early History


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Varney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Varney research. Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1419 and 1465 are included under the topic Early Varney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Varney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Varney Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Varney In Ireland


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Varney In Ireland



Some of the Varney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Varney family to immigrate North America:

Varney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Varney, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1654
  • Thomas Varney, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1664
  • Humphrey Varney, who landed in New England in 1664

Varney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E. Varney settled in Belfast, Maine, in 1822
  • E. Varney, who settled in Belfast, Maine, in 1822
  • H Varney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G Varney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Varney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Varney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W. Varney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Varney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Varney (post 1700)



  • Richard F. Varney, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Gilmanton, 1948
  • Thomas Varney, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Cumberland County, 1919-22
  • Thomas Osborn Irvin Varney (1918-1998), American Democrat politician, Probation officer; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Mingo County, 1965-72
  • Wallace Jennings Varney (1905-1979), American Democrat politician, School teacher and principal; Postmaster at Williamson, West Virginia, 1948-72 (acting, 1948-50)
  • William F. Varney (1884-1960), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for President of the United States, 1928; Candidate for Mayor of Rockville Centre, New York, 1931
  • William Henry Harrison Varney (b. 1839), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Charlotte, 1888
  • William Riley Varney (1892-1959), American Democrat politician, Chair of Mingo County Democratic Party, 1946-50
  • David F. Varney, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wayne County, 1962, 1966
  • David B. Varney, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 19th District, 1881-82
  • Christine A. Varney, American Democrat politician, Member, Federal Trade Commission, 1994-97
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Varney Historic Events


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Varney Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Louisa Varney (1853-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Violet Gladys Varney (1897-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Varney, English Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Varney


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Suggested Readings for the name Varney



  • Charles Varney and Rachel Parker of Berwick, Maine: Their Ancestors and Descendants by Ruth Varney Held.

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Varney Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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    The Varney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Varney 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 10 November 2015 at 10:49.

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