Show ContentsVerrier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The people of the ancient French region of Gascogne were the first to use the name Verrier.

Early Origins of the Verrier family

The surname Verrier was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where the family was established in Veyreau, a village in the department of Aveyron, in the district of Millau. [1]

The Verrat, Verret, Verrette, Verrot and other phonetic variants may have originated in De Verrye, a village in the department of Aveyron, in the district of Côte d'Or in Semur. [1]

Early History of the Verrier family

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Verrier Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Verrier is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Verreaud, Verreault, Verreaulx, Verrauld, Verrault, Verraulx, Verraud, Verraut, Verraux, Verreau, Verreaux, Verrot, Verret, Verré, Verrat, Verrier, Leverrier, Verrière and many more.

Early Notables of the Verrier family (pre 1700)

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Verrier Ranking

In France, the name Verrier is the 726th most popular surname with an estimated 6,729 people with that name. [2]

United States Verrier migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Verrier. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Verrier were

Verrier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Verrier, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [3]
  • James Verrier was brought to America in 1769 as a convict, and left to do the best he could with himself in a new land
Verrier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jane Verrier, who arrived in Baltimore, at the age of 36, in 1828
  • Helena Verrier went to Philadelphia in 1880

Australia Verrier migration to Australia +

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

Verrier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Hannah Verrier, aged 19, a general servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena" [4]
  • Alfred Verrier, aged 23, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"

Contemporary Notables of the name Verrier (post 1700) +

  • Verrier Elwin (1902-1964), English self-trained anthropologist, ethnologist and tribal activist from Dover

  1. Dionne, N.-E., Les Canadiens-Francais Origine Des Familles. Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 1969. Print
  3. 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)
  4. South Australian Register Friday 26th August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Magdalena 1853. Retrieved on Facebook