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Northmore Coat of Arms / Northmore Family Crest

This Devon and Cornwell name of NORTHMORE was a locational name for someone who lived on the northern part of a moor (presumably of Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor or Exmoor. The name was originally derived from the Old English word NORTHMORE. The names of habitation are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named habitations. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and in fact whole countries. As a general rule, the further someone travelled from his place of origin, the broader the designation. Someone who stayed at home might be known by the name of his farm or locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of the county or region from which he originated. There is also a place NORTHMORE in County Oxford, from where the original bearer of the name may have come. The earliest of the name recorded appears to be MORA (without surname) who was recorded in County Oxford in the year 1195, and the name appears again with the same spelling in 1208. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coat of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.

The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Cleve House, Exter.

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last updated on: November 23rd, 2019

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