The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Virdun family name to the British Isles. They 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 Virdun family
The surname Virdun 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 Virdun family
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Virdun Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Verdon, Verdan, Verdin, Verdun and others.
Early Notables of the Virdun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Virdun family to Ireland
Some of the Virdun family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 36 words (3 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 Virdun family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Virdun or a variant listed above: Richard Verdin settled in Virginia in 1655; Richard Verdan settled in Philadelphia in 1872.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.