When the ancestors of the Virnay family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Buckinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Virnay family
The surname Virnay was first found in Buckinghamshire
, when they arrived from Vernai a parish in the arrondisement of Bayeaux in Normandy.
Early History of the Virnay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Virnay research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1419, 1465, 1478, 1465, 1563, 1630, 1586, 1642, 1620, 1648, 1613, 1696, 1661, 1649, 1668, 1640 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Virnay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Virnay Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Varney, Verney and others.
Early Notables of the Virnay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Ralph Verney (d. 1478), Lord Mayor of London in 1465; Sir Richard Verney (1563-1630), an English landowner and politician; Greville Verney, 7th Baron
Willoughby de Broke and de jure 15th Baron
Latimer (1586-1642), an English politician; Greville Verney, 8th Baron
Willoughby de... Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Virnay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Virnay family to Ireland
Some of the Virnay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 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 Virnay family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Virnay or a variant listed above: William Verney, a bonded passenger who came to America in 1773; John Verney, who was on record in the census of Ontario of 1871; E. Varney, who settled in Belfast, Maine, in 1822.
The Virnay 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: Ung tout seul
Motto Translation: Only one.