The surname CHERRY was a locational name 'the dweller by the cherry-trees' from residence thereby or alternatively an occupational name for a grower or seller of cherries. The name was derived from the Old English word CHERY. In the middle ages it was customary for a man to be named from the village he came from, or where he actually lived. This name would identify his whole family, and followed them wherever they moved. Early records of the name mention Robert Chyry, 1284 County Lancashire. William Cherry of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) and Thomas Chereye of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Later instances of the name include William Cherye and Alyce Fox who were married in London at St. Michael, Cornhill, in 1596. Henrie Cherrie and Joanne Fenner were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1606. Henry Cherry (1701) was documented in the Exchequer Depositions by Commission of Cheshire, and John Cherry and Rebecca Holdsworth were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1788.
The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. The name was taken to Ireland by settlers, where it has been fairly numerous in Ulster since the seventeenth century.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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