This surname of VERRIER is an English and Norman/French occupational name for a maker of glass objects. The name was derived from the Old French word VERRE, and rendered in ancient documents in the Latin form VITRUM. Other spellings of the name include VERRIOUR, VEYRIER, LEVERRIER, VEYRADIER and VETRAIO. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. Early records of the name include Edward le VERRER, who was recorded during the reign of Henry III (1216-1272) and John le VERRER was documented in 1272. Walter le VERROUR was a Freeman of York in the same year, and Laurence de Stok VERROUR was recorded during the reign of Edward II (1307-1327). French, or rather Norman French, was the language of the aristocracy and the upper classes in England at the time fixed surnames were being developed, it is therefore not surprising that many of our well-known family names are derived from French words. Originally only Christian or personal names were used, and although a few came into being during the 10th century, surnames were not widely used until much later, when people began to realize the prestige of having a second name. A later instance of the name includes William Willis and Ann VERRIER who were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London, in the year 1750. As early as the year 1100, it was quite common for English people to give French names to their children, and the earliest instances are found among the upper classes, both the clergy and the patrician families. The Norman-French names used were generally the names most commonly used by the Normans, who had introduced them into England during the Norman Invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066.
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