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Northover Coat of Arms / Northover Family Crest

Northover Coat of Arms / Northover Family Crest

The surname of NORTHOVER was a locational name 'of Northover' a parish in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The name was originally derived from the Old English word NORTHOVERE, literally meaning the dweller on the northern bank of the river Yeo. NORDOURE (without surname) who was recorded in Somerset in the year 1180, appears to be the first of the name on record. Other records of the name mention Prior de Northover, 1273, County Somerset. James Northover of Somerset, registered at Oxford University in the year 1607. Baptised. George, son of William Northover at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1664. Robert Smith and Elizabeth Northover, were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1787. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They are to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Allersome and Alercourt, County Somerset, Granted in 1614.

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