This surname ANGIER has the associated coat of arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The name was derived from the Old French personal name 'Angier'. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday book. The name is also spelt ANGER, ANGERE, AUNGER and AINGER. Early records of the name mention Ansgarus (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Angerus de Middleton was documented in County Suffolk in the year 1191. Aunger the Pheliper, 1277, ibid. Robert Aunger of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Edward Anger of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. 'Anger de la Strille, a French merchant, prisoner at Dover on May 25th 1564' was recorded in the State Paper of London. Henry Anger and Anne Jones were married at St. Peter's Cornhill London in the year 1702. John Hercy and Mary Aungier were married in London in 1633, and George Angier and Juditch Seymour married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1702. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84.
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