Vertigan Family History and Research

A 'Strangers' Story


The Vertigan One Name Study began in 2015 though the idea had been in thought for many years. It has evolved out of the research of my family. It was a surprise to find my roots were in Norfolk and that my 2xgreat grandmothers surname was Vertigans. What an unusual name.

The name appears to be a semi-descriptive nickname for a verdier or forester from the Old French 'Verte', meaning 'one who wears or works in green'.

In the case of my Vertigan surname it appears to be an Anglicised surname Vertngose. The first person to have used this name was Peter Vertigans born in about 1580 'beyond the seas' and it appears that everyone that bears this surname is descended from him.

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