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The surname Virgin comes from the Latin "virgo" meaning maiden, from which is derived the English word virgin. It is possible that the surname was originally a nickname for someone who had played the part of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a mystery play.

Virgin Early Origins



The surname Virgin was first found in 1275 in Kent, where Simon Virg' who was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum under the direction of Edward I. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Virgin Spelling Variations


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Virgin 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 Virgin, Virgine,Vergin, Vergine, Virgo, Virgoe and many more.

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Virgin Early History


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Virgin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Virgin research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1428, 1581, 1587, 1610, and 1637 are included under the topic Early Virgin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Virgin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Virgin Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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 Virgin or a variant listed above:

Virgin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Virgin, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Robert Virgin, who settled in Virginia in 1637

Virgin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Virgin, who immigrated to Maryland in 1774

Virgin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Virgin, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1812
  • F. J. Virgin, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1893
  • J. H. Virgin, aged 11, who landed in America from Barrow-in Furness, in 1896

Virgin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Lottie Virgin, aged 30, who landed in America from London, in 1906
  • Arthur R. Virgin, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Charles Virgin, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Edith A. Virgin, aged 48, who emigrated to America, in 1919
  • Harice Virgin, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Virgin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Martha Virgin, aged 23, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"
  • Sarah Virgin, aged 17, a seamstress, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Violet"
  • William Virgin, aged 44, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
  • George Virgin, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
  • John Virgin, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Virgin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Virgin (post 1700)



  • Craig Steven Virgin (1955-1980), American two-time gold medalist distance runner at the 1980 and 1981 World Cross-Country Championships
  • William Wirt Virgin (1823-1893), American politician, Member of Maine State Senate, 1865-66; Justice of Maine State Supreme Court, 1872-93
  • Thomas F. Virgin, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Moundsville, West Virginia, 1960-61
  • Roy Thomas Virgin (b. 1939), English cricketer from Taunton, Somerset
  • Nerene Virgin, Canadian actress, and television host, best known for her role on the children's television series Today's Special

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nunc aut nunquam
Motto Translation: Now or never.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Virgin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Virgin 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.

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