Origins Available: English
Vernay is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vernay family lived in Buckinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Vernay family
The surname Vernay was first found in Buckinghamshire
, when they arrived from Vernai a parish in the arrondisement of Bayeaux in Normandy.
Early History of the Vernay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vernay research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1419 and 1465 are included under the topic Early Vernay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vernay Spelling Variations
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 Varney, Verney and others.
Early Notables of the Vernay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vernay family to Ireland
Some of the Vernay 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.
Migration of the Vernay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Vernay or a variant listed above:
Vernay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jean Vernay, aged 22, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)