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This name derives from the Norman baronial surname, from place names in Normandy. The name is composed of two elements: from the Gaulish “ver(n)” meaning (alder tree, flourishing, full of life) plus “-o / -onis (local suffix)”, meaning (place of alder trees). In turn the name means “place of the alders”. The earliest known use of Vernon as a surname dates from the early 1030s, when a Hugh de Vernon was recorded as one of the men consenting to a grant of land by Duke Robert of Normandy to the abbey of St Wandrille at Serville, ten miles north of Rouen.

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