The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. The Spanish surname of VARA is of two-fold origin. It was a nickname which was applied to a keeper of animals, who used a stick to keep his charges together, or to an official who carried a rod as a symbol of his office. The name was derived from the Spanish word VARA (rod, forked stick) and rendered in ancient documents in the Latin form VARUS. It is also a Spanish topographic name for someone who lived by a river bank, or a habitation name from a place named with this word. Other spellings of the name include VARAH, VARAS, VARELA, VERO and VERAS. In the 8th century, Spain fell under the control of the Moors, and this influence, which lasted into the 12th century, has also left its mark on Hispanic surnames. A few names are based directly on Arabic personal names. The majority of Spanish occupational and nickname surnames, however, are based on ordinary Spanish derivatives. In Spain identifying patronymics are to be found as early as the mid-9th century, but these changed with each generation, and hereditary surnames seem to have come in slightly later in Spain than in England and France. As well as the names of the traditional major saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. For the most part these names are characteristically Hispanic. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. Edward Chad VARAH, born in 1911, is the Anglican clergyman, born in Barton-on-Humberside. He studied at Oxford and Lincoln Theological College, and was ordained in 1936. He worked in various parishes before becoming rector at St. Stephen Walbrook in the City of London in 1953. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.
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