August 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
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).