This English surname of VERGE was a locational name 'the dweller at the verge' from residence therein. A name which would have applied to the verger of a church. The name was used by Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400) the English poet.
'Ne had Idleness thee convaid
In the verge where Mirth him pleid'.
The earliest of the name on record appears to be Richard de la VERGE, who was recorded during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Other spellings of the name include VIRGOE, VERGO, VERGIN, VERGINE and VERGES. Later records mention William Virgin, of the County of Essex, who married Lettice Sheppie in London in 1581. John Virgin of County Somerset registered at Oxford University in 1587. John Vergine and Margaret Barrows were married at St. James's Clerkenwell, London in 1610, and John Virgin and Lenia Harrington were married in the same church in 1637. George Wellen married Mary Virgin at St. George's, Hanover Square in 1800. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.
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