The surname of PAGE was an occupational name 'page', a servant boy, a personal attendant in a noble's house. The name was derived from the Old French 'page' and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention Ralph Page of the County of Devon in 1230. William le Page of the County of Essex was documented in the year 1240. Lambert Page was documented in County York, 1273. William le Page of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Anthony Page and Elizabeth Blounte were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1584. The name was taken early to Scotland, and John Page was one of the Scots prisoners taken at Dunbar Castle in 1296, and confined in Tunbridge Castle. John Page was a tenant of part of Siokis in 1469, and James Page was a juror on an inquisition at Cupar in 1522. Thomas Page was a witness in Fife in 1542. The name is also spelt as PAGET, PAIGE, PAEGEL, PAGEL and LE PAGE. 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. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. A family by the name Paget, who hold the marquessate of Anglesey, first became prominent with William Paget (1506-63) whose father was said to have been of humble origin from Wednesbury, Staffordshire. He acquired large estates from Henry VIII. on the dissolution of the monastries. The family also held the title Earl of Uxbridge. This was first granted in 1784 to a relative by marriage, Henry Bayly who took the name Page or Paget in 1766. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84.
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