The name Virney reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Virney family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Virney family lived in Buckinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Virney family
The surname Virney was first found in Buckinghamshire
, when they arrived from Vernai a parish in the arrondisement of Bayeaux in Normandy.
Early History of the Virney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Virney research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1419 and 1465 are included under the topic Early Virney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Virney Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Varney, Verney and others.
Early Notables of the Virney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Virney family to Ireland
Some of the Virney 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 Virney family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Virney name or one of its variants: E. Varney settled in Belfast, Maine, in 1822; H.J. Varney arrived in San Francisco in 1852.