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

The name Varty was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Varty family lived in Cumberland. Their name, however, is a reference to the Barony of La Ferte, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Vardy, Vardey, Vartey, Varty, Verty, Vertie and others.

First found in Cumberland where they held a family seat anciently after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Varty research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1473, 1435 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Varty History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Varty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Varty or a variant listed above:

Varty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Varty, aged 55, landed in New York in 1812
  • John Varty settled in Philadelphia in 1832

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  • Mr. Richard Varty, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking


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The Varty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Varty 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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