The surname of NORGATE has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in County Sparham, County Norfolk to the Rev. Thomas Starling Norgate. 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. The name was originally a locational name 'the dweller at the north-gate' from residence nearby. Early records of the name mention Ralph de Northgate, 1273, County Norfolk. Lodewysus de Northgate, of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The name is also spelt NORGAT and NORTHGATE. During the Middle Ages surnames were first used in order to distinguish between numbers of people bearing the same christian name. As taxation, under William The Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066, became the law, documentation became essential, and names were chosen from a man's trade, his father's name, some personal physical characteristic, or from his place of residence. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. Later instances of the name mention Henry Forrest and Jane Northgate, who were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1633, and John Norgate and Rebecka Bonnivall were married at the same church in 1631. Throughout all of Europe the wolf was one of the animals most revered in medieval times. Lycanthropy, the transformation of men into wolves, was widely believed in during the middle ages and often used in coat armour as depicted here.
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