Verran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished surname Verran comes from the southwestern county of Cornwall. The name is made up of two elements: the Cornish "tre," meaning "homestead, settlement," and the Welsh personal name "Arthen." This name was borne by places in the parishes of St. Hilary and Newlyn East; thus, it is likely that the original bearer of the surname came from one of these places.

Early Origins of the Verran family

The surname Verran was first found in Cornwall, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Trevarthian. "The manor of Trevarthian, [in the parish of Newlyn, Cornwall] was, in the early periods of its history, the property of a family to whom it gave its name; by whose heiress it was carried to the Reskymers. Tonkin says, that Walter de Treverbyn, who was sheriff of Cornwall in the reign of Henry III. was of this place." [1]

Early History of the Verran family

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Verran Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Trevarthen, Trevarthian, Trevarthan and others.

Early Notables of the Verran family (pre 1700)

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Australia Verran migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Verran Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Verran, (b.1824, aged 16 born in Cornwall, UK convicted in Cornwall on 26th March 1840, sentenced for 15 years for incendiarism (arson), transported aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1841 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Joseph Verran, (b. 1824), aged 16, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 26th March 1840, sentenced for 15 years for setting fire to 2 stacks of corn belonging to his employer, transported aboard the ship "Lord Foderich" on 26th June 1841 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [3]
  • Martin Verran, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [4]
  • Sarah Ann Verran, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [4]
  • Victoria Verran, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [4]
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New Zealand Verran migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Verran Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Verran, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Helena Verran, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Emily Verran, aged 9, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Elizabeth Verran, aged 7, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Thomas Verran, aged 6, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
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Contemporary Notables of the name Verran (post 1700) +

  • Harry James Verran (1930-2015), Newfoundland-born, Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian House of Commons for South West Nova, Nova Scotia (1993 to 1997)
  • John Stanley Verran (1883-1952), Australian politician
  • Helen Verran, Australian historian and philosopher of science, professor at the University of Melbourne
  • John Verran (1856-1932), Australian politician, 26th Premier of South Australia (1910 to 1912)


  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm


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