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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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The surname Varty was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat anciently after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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.


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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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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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  • Michael Scott Matthew Varty (b. 1952), former American NFL football linebacker for the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Colts
  • John William "Will" Varty (b. 1976), English former footballer who played from 1995 to 2005
  • John Varty (b. 1950), South African wildlife filmmaker who has made more than 30 documentaries
  • David Lawrence Varty (b. 1948), Canadian lawyer and author from Vancouver
  • Mr. Richard Varty, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking


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  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. 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).
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  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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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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