This surname JERMY was a baptismal name 'the son of Jeremy'. After the Crusades in Europe, in the 11th 12th and 13th century people began, perhaps unconsciously, to feel the need of a family name, or at least a name in addition to the simple one that had been possessed from birth. The nobles and upper classes, especially those who went on the Crusades, observed the prestige and practical value of an added name, and were quick to take a surname. It is stated that the true origin of the name, a Norfolk surname, is Jermin, and Sir Germyn, recorded in County Norfolk in the year 1300, is one of the first of the name on record. Thomas Jeremye appears in the year 1325 in County Yorkshire and William Germy was documented in County Essex in the year of 1353. Thomas Jarmy was documented in County Norfolk in 1652. Thomas Knowles and Elizabeth Jermy were married at St. Jame's, Clerkenwell, London in 1658, and Francis Jerby married Ann Wilsford at the same church in 1666. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.
Surnames before the Norman Conquest of 1066 were rare in England having been brought by the Normans when William the Conqueror invaded the shores. The practice spread to Scotland and Ireland by the 12th century, and in Wales they appeared as late as the 16th century. Most surnames can be traced to one of four sources, locational, from the occupation of the original bearer, nicknames or simply font names based on the first name of the parent being given as the second name to their child.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Antingham, Merlingforth, and Wyton, County Norfolk, and Brightwell and Stutton, County Suffolk. (Jermy).
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