Virdent is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Virdent family lived in Buckinghamshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Verdun, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Virdent family
The surname Virdent 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Virdent family
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Virdent Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Virdent family name include Verdon, Verdan, Verdin, Verdun and others.
Early Notables of the Virdent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Virdent family to Ireland
Some of the Virdent family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Virdent family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Virdent family to immigrate North America: Richard Verdin settled in Virginia in 1655; Richard Verdan settled in Philadelphia in 1872.