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» Vertigan Name

The surname Vertigan is relatively rare and research shows that its origin is found in the County of Norfolk, England. The actual spelling of the name has varied over the centuries and records support several variations including Virtigan, Vertegans, Vardigans amongst others.

The map below shows several of the villages in Norfolk where Vertigan families lived.


The first known person bearing this name in England was Peter Vertegans who died on 24th March 1633 at Norwich. All persons throughout the world today appear to be descendants of Peter and besides those in Britain other clans extend to USA and Canada and Australia where numerous families are found. Evidence exists that supports the fact that he was not born in England and it is probable he originated somewhere in Western Europe possibly Holland or Belgium.

The transcript of Peter Vertegans will of 1634 is shown below from which several names are mentioned providing vital evidence of his family.

My interest in the Vertigan names is through my grandmother Ellen who married John Frederick Lawson in Leeds in 1900. The photo below shows them on holiday in Bridlington, Yorkshire in 1933.


Whilst the Vertigan surname is relatively rare a branch of the family has taken root in Australia. For those interested in this please also visit http://www.vertigan.com.au/index.html

This page will be extended in due course with more information and records will be made available.

Gerald Lawson February, 2008


Will of Peter Vertegans 1634


Peter Vertegans of Norwich 1634 II Playford

I Peter Vertegans

In the name of God Amen The fower and twentie Day of March Annio Dnio 1633 I Peter Vertegans al Rettengoose of Norwich gardyner Doo make and declare his last will and Testament in mannor and forme following, IMPRIMIS he beqeath his soule into the moste mercifull hands of Almighty God steadfastly trusting by & through the merrits of Christ Jesus, that his soule shall attayne to Everlasting Salvation, And his worldly estate he give and bequeath as followth; That is to say; ITEM he give to Jane his now wife, the some of Three Hundred pounds of good English mony and the use of all his silver plate during her naturall life, to be payd & Delivered unto her by his Excecutors, and also the use & occupation of his houses & grounds in St. Stevens Parrish in Norwich for terme of her naturall life, And also one Chamber full furnished wth two Bedsteds and bedding to them sufficient and all other things fitting for her Use, ITEM he give to Abraham his sonne the some of One hundred pounds to be paied to him when he Come home to the Cittie of Norwth in his owne pson and demarned the same of his Excecutors; and in the meane tyme to remayne in his Excecutors hands; And that if the saied. Abraham doe not come to demaned the same as above saide, then the saide hundred pounds to remayne to his Excecutors equally, ITEM he Constitute & make PETAR, ISACK & DAVID his sonnes his jount & only Executors, And whereas the said Petar and Isack are joyned wth him in certayne leases, he by third consent doth devise that the benifitt of those leases shall be & goe as the residue of his goods and Chattells toward the payment of his legacies & the eaquall pticon of the remayneder thereof amongst his saied Executors, ITEM he doe give to Isake & David his sonnes each of them one hundred pounds he maketh HENRY HOWE & CRISTOPHAR WOLLPALL his sonnes in lawe supeavisors of his his last will and Testamt, ITEM hee doe will and devise that after his Leagacies aforesaid be paide that the remaynder of all his goods and chattells shall be equally devided amongst all his children,
II Playford

by equall division as well sonnes as daughtars, ITEM hee give to all his grandchilldren forty shillings a peece, And to all his godchildren in Norwch tenn shillings a peece; And to the benifitt of the Elders of the Duch Congregation in Norwch the some of three pounds to remayne for a stock to them, and to the benifitt of the Collecktors of the saide Duch Congregation to remayne for a stock the some of five pounds, & to his kinswomen Judith and Ann Vertegans my kinswoman and Mary Rottengoose the some of Forty shillings; And to Samuel Lomby the some of Twentie shillings; ITEM he give to his man John Walden twentie shillings and to all his servants wth shall worke wth him at the time of his decease the some of twelve pence a peece; And to the poore of the pishe of Saint Benidicts in Norwch the some of Ten shillings to be distributed by his Executors

Wittnesses John Manning

& me John Matthew

& Robt Manninge

& Samuell Lomby & his

wife wth others

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30th April, 2018

The US census database has received a major update, the total now covering 42,000 Lawson names. The on-line searchable database available to those who have posted details of their Lawson family has also been updated. 

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