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Where did the English Virtue family come from? What is the English Virtue family crest and coat of arms? When did the Virtue family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Virtue family history?

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.

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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.

First found in Cumberland where they held a family seat anciently after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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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.

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

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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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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 11 April 2014 at 08:36.

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