- This interesting surname is of French origin, and is locational from either Saint Paul-du-Vernay in Calvados; from Vernai, a parish in the Arrondissement of Bayeux; or from any of various other places in Northern France of the same name. All are apparently so called from the Gaulish element "ver(n)", meaning "alder", plus the locational suffix "-acum", a settlement. The surname is first recorded in the early half of the 13th Century (see below), and other early recordings include: Lucya de Vernai, who was noted in the 1273 Hundred Rolls of Oxfordshire, and Simon de Vernay, who appeared in the 1273 Hundred Rolls of Northamptonshire. In the modern idiom the surname has many variant spellings including Vernay, Verney, Verny and Varney. Recordings from London Church Registers include: the christening of Elizabeth, daughter of Anthony Verney, on April 20th 1586, at St. Ann's, Blackfriars; and the marriage of Grevil Varney and Katherine Southwell at St. Margaret's, Westminster, on May 21st 1618. A famous namebearer, recorded in the "Dictionary of National Biography", was Sir Ralph Varney of Oxford, an early advisor to Queen Elizabeth 1, who was granted a Coat of Arms in 1566; it consists of five blue mullets on a silver engrailed fess, all on a blue shield. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert de Vernai, which was dated 1221, witness in the "Assize Court Rolls of Gloucestershire", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
Surnames reference. 2013.
Look at other dictionaries:
Verney — is the name of an English family which first settled at Fleetmarston in Buckinghamshire, then at Pendley in Hertfordshire, and finally at Middle Claydon which the family purchased in the 1460s in Buckinghamshire where descendents still live in… … Wikipedia
Verney — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: David Verney, 21. Baron Willoughby de Broke (* 1938) ist ein britischer Peer Anne Charlotte Verney, französische Automobilrennfahrerin Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Untersc … Deutsch Wikipedia
Verney Lovett Cameron — (1844 1894) Verney Lovett Cameron Verney Lovett … Deutsch Wikipedia
Verney Cameron — Verney Lovett Cameron (* 1. April 1844 in Radipole nahe Weymouth (Dorset); † 27. März 1894 in Soulsbury (Leighton Buzzard)) war ein britischer Afrikaforscher. Der Sohn eines Vikars trat mit 13 Jahren in die englische Marine und verschaffte sich… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Verney Junction — is a hamlet in the parish of Middle Claydon in north Buckinghamshire, England. It is on a disused railway line near Claydon House.The stone cottages that make up the hamlet were largely constructed to provide houses for workers on the railway in… … Wikipedia
Verney House Resort — (Бухта Монтего,Ямайка) Категория отеля: 3 звездочный отель Адрес: 3 Leader Avenu … Каталог отелей
Verney-Carron — is a French weapons manufacturing company which have been making firearms under that name since 1820. They produce a wide range of shotguns and rifles for the purpose of hunting. Although more well known in France than Europe or North America,… … Wikipedia
Verney Lovett Cameron — (1 de julio de 1844 24 de marzo de 1894) fue un explorador británico famoso por su expediciones en África. Fue el primer hombre en cruzar el África Ecuatorial del … Wikipedia Español
Verney Lovett Cameron — (July 1, 1844 March 24, 1894) was an English traveller in Central Africa and the first European to cross equatorial Africa from sea to sea, was born at Radipole, near Weymouth, Dorset. He entered the Royal Navy in 1857, served in the Abyssinian… … Wikipedia
Verney Baronets — There have been three Baronetcies created for persons with the surname Verney, one in the Baronetage of England and two in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. Two of the creations are extant as of 2007. Overview The Verney Baronetcy, of Middle… … Wikipedia