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Today's generation of the Virtue family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Virtue family lived in Cumberland. Their name, however, is a reference to the Barony of La Ferte, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Virtue Early Origins



The surname Virtue was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat anciently after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Virtue Spelling Variations


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Virtue Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Virtue include Vardy, Vardey, Vartey, Varty, Verty, Vertie and others.

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Virtue Early History


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Virtue Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Virtue research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1473, 1435 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Virtue History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Virtue Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Virtue Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Virtues to arrive on North American shores:

Virtue Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ann Virtue, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Robert Virtue, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • David Virtue, who landed in New London, Conn in 1811
  • Allen Virtue, aged 25, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • James Virtue, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860

Virtue Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G B Virtue landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • William Virtue, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Virtue (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Virtue (post 1700)



  • Thomas E. "Tom" Virtue (b. 1957), American actor, known for his work in Iron Man 3 (2013), Even Stevens (1999) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
  • Jacob Kitchline "Guesses" Virtue (1865-1943), American Major League Baseball first baseman who played from 1890 to 1984 for the Cleveland Spiders
  • Leonard Virtue, American Democrat politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 8th District; Elected 1906
  • Henrietta T. Virtue, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1948
  • John Virtue (b. 1947), English monochrome landscape artist, honorary Professor of Fine Art at the University of Plymouth
  • George Virtue (1794-1868), English publisher in London, well known for printing engravings
  • Keith Virtue MBE (1909-1980), Australian pioneer aviator, co-founder of Virtue's Air Travel and co-founder of New England Airways (1931-1936)
  • Danny Virtue, Canadian Leo Award winning and two-time Gemini Award nominated stuntman, known for his work on Shooter (2007), Final Destination (2000) and Underworld: Evolution (2006)
  • Tessa Jane McCormick Virtue (b. 1989), Canadian ice dancer who with Scott Moir are the 2010 Olympic champions, the 2014 Olympic silver medalists, the 2010 and 2012 World champions, the 2008 and 2012 Four Continents champions and six-time Canadian national champions
  • Tarita Virtue (b. 1970), Trinidad and Tobago-born actress and model, known for her work in Living the Dream (2006), Bar Starz (2008) and Heart of the Beholder (2005)
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 21 May 2016 at 14:47.

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