The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Virdind 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 Virdind family
The surname Virdind 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 Virdind family
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Virdind Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Verdon, Verdan, Verdin, Verdun and others.
Early Notables of the Virdind family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Virdind family to Ireland
Some of the Virdind 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.
Migration of the Virdind family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Virdind or a variant listed above: Richard Verdin settled in Virginia in 1655; Richard Verdan settled in Philadelphia in 1872.