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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.

Virden Early Origins



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.


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Virden Spelling Variations


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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.

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Virden Early History


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Virden Early History



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

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Virden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Virden Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Virden In Ireland


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Virden In Ireland



Some of the Virden 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



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Virden (post 1700)


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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
  • Thomas J. Virden, American politician, Delegate to Delaware convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Roy J. Virden, American Democrat politician, Chair of Pleasants County Democratic Party, 1940-41
  • Paul Virden, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Gentry County, 1948
  • Jon B. Virden, American politician, Mayor of Griffin, Georgia, 1953
  • Harold W. Virden (b. 1907), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Brooke County, 1957-58

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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. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Virden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Virden 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.

This page was last modified on 3 December 2016 at 22:48.

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