Vary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Vary family

The surname Vary was first found in Norfolk where "Osberno Verrer" witnesses a grant of the younger William de Albini, Earl of Arundel, of some land at Quiddenham in Norfolk to Reading Abbey; and about 1272 Robert and Roger le Verer, of Essex, occur in the Rotuli Hundredorum. Walkeline le Werreer gave the advowson of the church of Winfrith (afterwards Winfrith-Newburgh) to Glastonbury Abbey, between 1102 and 1120; which grant was confirmed by his nephew, William de Glastonia, and afterwards by Robert de Newburgh, who describes the two preceding benefactors as his "ancestors." [1]

"Hamonis Verrarii " was one of the benefactors of St. Alban's Abbey that are alluded to in King John's confirmation charter. A family of the name long existed at Sandwich in Kent, where, within the altar rails of St. Mary's Church, and at the west end of the nave, "are memorials of many of the family of Verrier, of this town." [1]

Early History of the Vary family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vary research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1273, 1455, 1487, 1664, 1685 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Vary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vary Spelling Variations

Vary has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Verrer, Verrier, Verriour, Veryet, Verieur, Verry and many more.

Early Notables of the Vary family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Verrier, Mayor of Sandwich in 1664; and John Verrier one of the Cinque Port Barons elected to support the Royal Canopy at James II.'s coronation in 1685. The dress of...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Vary migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Varys to arrive on North American shores:

Vary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Vary, who arrived in New York in 1819 [2]
  • Charlotte Vary, aged 67, who immigrated to America, in 1895
  • Edward Dwyar Vary, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1895
Vary Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Vary, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Emma Vary, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Vary (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Vary Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1803-04 [3]
  • Charles R. Vary, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County, 1843 [3]
  • Ralph Vary Chamberlin (1879-1967), American zoologist


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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