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Verdon is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Verdon family lived in Buckinghamshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Verdun, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Verdon Early Origins



The surname Verdon was first found in Buckinghamshire where they were descended from Bertram de Verdun, a Norman baronial name from Verdun, near Avranches in Normandy, where they were descended form the Counts of Verdun, and came to England in 1066 and was granted Farnham Royal in that shire. Tradition has it that on the day of the Coronation of William I, he provided a glove for the King's right hand. In 1095 he served as Sheriff of York. He also held lands in what is now known as Alveton or Alton in Staffordshire.

"The living [of Alveton], before the Reformation, was connected with the abbey of Croxden, to which the benefice was attached by Bertram de Verdun of Alton Castle, in 1176, after he had founded the abbey. The ruins of the castle still remain, on the summit of a rock 300 feet above the bed of the Churnet." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Verdon Spelling Variations


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Verdon Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Verdon are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Verdon include Verdon, Verdan, Verdin, Verdun and others.

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Verdon Early History


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Verdon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Verdon research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1184, 1839, 1780, 1870, 1770 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Verdon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Verdon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Verdon Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Verdon In Ireland


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Verdon In Ireland



Some of the Verdon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 140 words (10 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



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Verdon, or a variant listed above:

Verdon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Madelena Jacobs Verdon, who landed in New York, NY in 1642
  • Magdalena Verdon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1645
  • Jacobus Verdon, aged 3, landed in New York in 1659

Verdon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Verdon, who arrived in America in 1764

Verdon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Francois Verdon, who arrived in Canada in 1638

Verdon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Lucy Verdon, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel"

Verdon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Verdon, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Catherine Verdon, aged 20, a teacher, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
  • Elizabeth Verdon, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877

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Contemporary Notables of the name Verdon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Verdon (post 1700)



  • William P. Verdon, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1920
  • Jimmy Verdon (b. 1981), American NFL football defensive end
  • Gwenyth Evelyn "Gwen" Verdon (1925-2000), four-time Tony Award-winning American dancer and actress
  • Sir George Frederic Verdon (1834-1896), English-born, Australian politician and public figure
  • Philip Verdon (1886-1960), British silver medalist rower who competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Verdon Historic Events


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Verdon Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Charles Jack Verdon, British Lt R M, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Verdon Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. 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.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Verdon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Verdon 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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