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De La Bere Coat of Arms / De La Bere Family Crest

The surname of DE LA BERE was a locational name 'of Beer' places so called in the south west of England. The name was originally derived from the Old English word BEARU, literally meaning the dweller at the wood-grove. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The earliest hereditary surnames in England are found shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and are of Norman French origin rather than native English. On the arrival of the Normans they identified themselves by references to the estates from which they came in northern France. These names moved rapidly on with their bearers into Scotland and Ireland. Others of the Norman Invaders took names from the estates in England which they had newly acquired. Early records of the name mention Ordric de Bera who was recorded in the year 1168 in Devonshire. Adam le Bere appears in 1275 in County Cambridge and Robert le Beer was documented in the year 1296 in County Sussex. Fauor Beare married Catherine Powell, St. Mary Aldermary, London in 1614. Hugh Beare married Dorothy Skeaves at Westminster, London in the year 1628. 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. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.

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last updated on: September 13 2018

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