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Virden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Today's generation of the Virden family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Virden 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.

Early Origins of the Virden family


The surname Virden 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.


Early History of the Virden family


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Virden Spelling Variations


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Virden include Verdon, Verdan, Verdin, Verdun and others.

Early Notables of the Virden family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Virden family to Ireland


Some of the Virden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Virden family to the New World and Oceana


In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Virdens to arrive on North American shores: Richard Verdin settled in Virginia in 1655; Richard Verdan settled in Philadelphia in 1872.

Contemporary Notables of the name Virden (post 1700)


  • Carl Virden, American actor, known for Welcome Home (2008), Room 337 (2008) and Thomas Green Clemson: A Life and a Legacy (2007)
  • Claude Virden (b. 1947), American former NBA basketball player
  • William H. Virden (b. 1837), American politician, Delegate to Nevada State Constitutional Convention, 1863 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Thomas J. Virden, American politician, Delegate to Delaware convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Roy J. Virden, American Democrat politician, Chair of Pleasants County Democratic Party, 1940-41 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Paul Virden, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Gentry County, 1948 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Jon B. Virden, American politician, Mayor of Griffin, Georgia, 1953 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Harold W. Virden (b. 1907), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Brooke County, 1957-58 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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