Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Vernon

Vernon is the transferred use of a medieval Norman-French baronial name, derived from a place name located in northern France (Normandy) so-called Vernon in Eure. The place lent its name to a prominent Norman family who participated in the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 (which is how this French surname ended up in England). Vernon, France takes its name from an old Gaulish word “ver(n)” meaning “alder tree” (Celtic root *uerno) – the commune having been established in a “place of alders.” The alder is a flowering plant from the birch family. The ancient Celtic people believed the alder had sacred giving and nurturing qualities, mainly due to its root system which provided rich nutrients back into the soil thus restoring poor ground conditions. The alder’s root system can also be submerged in watery areas, so the Celts believed their roots provided shelter to fish and their decomposed leaves in the water gave rich nutrients to all water creatures. The alder wood was used by the Celtic people for crafting of musical instruments as well as an effective source of charcoal fuel. Lastly, the Celtic people believed that the alder possessed a secret, sacred flame within itself. Much revered was this plant to the ancient Celts – filled with sacred, hidden powers and a giving, restorative nature. The first record of the surname appeared in the Domeday Book of 1086 in the name of Richard de Vernon who had come to England with William the Conqueror. Vernon eventually turned into a masculine given name among English speakers by the 19th century. It is no longer popular today, however.

All About the Baby Name – Vernon

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME VERNON

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME VERNON

The name Vernon goes back to 1880 on the U.S. male naming charts (which is as far back as we have available data). In the late 19th century, Vernon enjoyed respectable usage here in the United States. However, his shining glory days came in the first three decades of the 20th century during which time Vernon often found himself on America’s Top 100 list. The name got as high as #65 on the charts (1919-1920). Between the late 1930s and early 1980s, old Vernon saw slow but systematic declining usage. By the 1990s, the name was fast going out of style as his drops on the charts became more pronounced. In fact, 2003 is the last year Vernon appeared on America’s Top 1000 list and today the name is given to barely 100 baby boys per year. Even actor Vince Vaughn who recently named his baby boy Vernon in 2013 has done little to resuscitate this name. Still, we find Vernon quite charming in his old-fashioned clothes. We also love the connection to the flourishing, full-of-life alder tree.

Quick Facts

ON VERNON

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

VUR-nen

SIMPLE MEANING:

Alder

Characteristics

OF VERNON

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Vernon

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME VERNON

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Vernon

Popular Songs

ON VERNON

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Vernon


Famous People

NAMED VERNON

Vernon Duke (musical composer/songwriter)
Vernon Presley (Elvis Presley's father)
Vernon Reid (guitarist)

Children of Famous People

NAMED VERNON

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Vernon

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME VERNON

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Vernon