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Vernon

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Quick Facts on Vernon

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
VUR-nen
Simple meaning:
Alder

Characteristics of Vernon

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.

Popularity of the 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.
Popularity of the Boy Name Vernon
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Vernon

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Vernon

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Vernon

    Vernon We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Vernon.

  • Popular Songs on Vernon

    Popular Songs on Vernon

    Vernon - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Vernon.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Vernon

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Vernon

    Vernon and the Snake (Crystal J. Stranaghan) - This is a fun story with an interesting twist: this book can be read from the front or the back! Decide which version of the story you want to hear - Vernon s or The Snake s- and then enjoy an entertaining tale brought to life by Eleanor s wild and wacky illustrations. When you've heard one side of the story, just flip it over for the other perspective! Vernon and the Snake are forced to face their fear of each other when they unexpectedly meet one day. There is only one backyard; will one of them be finding a new place to hang out? Or will Vernon and the Snake learn to live with each other? This is a great book for reminding kids (and grownups too) that there is more than one side to every story! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Vernon the Vegetable Man (Yvelette Stines) - Vernon the Vegetable Man is a children's book about health. This book will motivate children to set goals, eat healthy and exercise. Vernon is the community vegetable man that encourages a young boy, Marvin, who struggles to play basketball to change his lifestyle habits by eating healthier and exercising. With goals in place and changed habits Marvin becomes a star on the basketball court. This book was written to encourage children to make healthy choices and to help decrease childhood obesity. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Vernon's Growing Pains: Part 2 (Elizabeth Hartley) - Part of The Old Music Factory Series: Little Vernon the violin desperately wants to grow up to be a cello like his famous uncle Cedric von Cello. His attempts to grow include stealing and eating all the eggs in the factory and when that doesn't work he takes up weight lifting under the guidance of Bernie Bassoon. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Vernon, Drake & Chomp (Rebecca Krepela) - Enjoy a good read in rhyme while meeting a frog, a snake and an alligator on their journey to friendship. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Vernon

    Famous People Named 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

    Children of Famous People Named Vernon

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Vernon - Vince Vaughn (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Vernon - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Vernon - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first 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.

Variations of the Baby Name - Vernon

  • No Variations Found.
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