The surname of EBERLING was derived from the old Germanic word Eoforheard, an ancient although now forgotten personal name. The name was brought to England with the Norman Conqueror in 1066, where it has been anglicized to EVERARD. Early records of the name mention Ebrard (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book, 1086. 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. Euadus de Langetona, was documented in the year 1200 in London. Baptised. Everard, son of George Saunders, at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1619. Edward Everard and Ann Walcock were married in the same church in the year 1666. This originally Germanic personal name was composed of the elements EBER (wild-boar) and HARD (brave and strong). The surname was first found in East Anglia which was an area of heavy Norman and Breton settlement after the Conquest of 1066. It is the family name of a Somerset family who trace their descent from Ranulph FitzEverard, who held lands at Luxborough in 1066. Another ancestor, Sir William Everard was sheriff of Somerset and Dorset in 1258. 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. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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