Vere

August 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

ORIGIN:
One of those “last names as first names” that were once a quite popular way for a mother’s maiden name to be passed on to her sons, “Vere” was a French place name meaning “near the alder”.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
None that I know of.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Vere Vane, a gentleman whose mid-life crisis serves as a topic for gossip between Miss Crawley, Rawdon Crawley, and Becky Sharp, in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).

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