The surname of LARMER was an occupational name 'the armourer' one who made armour. A common medieval occupation. 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. Early records of the name mention Armundus (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 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, workman 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 Conquerer. It is known as the Domesday book. Other records of the name mention Gwydo le L'Armerer, who was recorded in County Oxford in the year 1185 and John Armourer who was documented in County Cambridge in the year of 1273. Guy de Armes of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and Thomas Larmer appears in County Lancashire in 1400. The name is also spelt Larmour and Lamour. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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