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About the study
The Vernall one name study was registered with the Guild of One Name Studies December 1992. Then it included the variant Vernell but research has shown this name has a Huguenot derivation, so it has since been registered as a separate one name study.
History of the name
Arthur Humphrey Vernall (1884 -1918) Awarded Military Cross 1917
Augustus Vernall (1841 - 1867) Superintendent coffee plantation Neddicouttam, Madras India. Married and died Madras.
Charles Frederick Vernall (1870 - 1945) Served Boer War with the 3rd Canterbury contingent (NZ) Rough Riders
Charles, Thomas & William Vernall - brothers born Worcester Union Workhouse, child migrants to Canada 1907 - 'Home Children'.
Donald Vernall (1927 - 2003) Assoc. Professor of Medicine, Ohio State University, USA.
Rev. James Vernall (1861-1894) Ordained 1886. Principal of Yoruba Mission, Nigeria. Married daughter of German missionary in Nigeria. Died Nigeria of yellow fever.
John Vernal transported to Australia 1815
Leslie Vernall (1911-1979) Major Burma Rifles, escaped from Japanese. In 1946 changed surname to Vernell by deed poll to reflect Huguenot descent, but in fact descendant of Great Malvern Vernall family some of whom emigrated to NZ.
Richard Vernall transported to USA 1755
Richard John Vernall (1901 - 1956) Hong Kong Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Architect Public Works Hong Kong, Japanese POW.
Robert Vernall - Early settler of Maryland, USA 1679.
Distribution of the name
Earliest recorded occurrence so far found - baptism of John Vernals 20th May 1541 in Munslow, Shropshire. In the early 1600s there were a number of Vernall families living in Puddlestone, Herefordshire and Ripple, Worcestershire.
UK probate index â some wills
UK census records 1841 to 1911
Large number of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire parish records
Herefordshire monumental inscriptions photos from various church graveyards
London Baptisms, marriages, burials (Ancestry)
WW1 medal cards
NZ births, marriages, deaths, cemetery records, electoral rolls
Australia births, marriages, deaths, electoral rolls
British India records (from The British Library)
Some South African records
USA - births, marriages, deaths, censuses
Canada - births, marriages, deaths, censuses