The surname of PODIMOORE was a locational name 'of Podmore' a place name in County Staffordshire or from Podimore Milton in Somerset, both of which are of uncertain origin, possibly from a rare Middle English word POD (frog) and MORE (fen or marsh) perhaps denoting one who lived by the marsh of frogs. The earliest of the name on record appears to PODEMOR (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. PODMOOR (without surname) was recorded in Somerset in 1288. 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, coats 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. Later records of the name mention William Podimore who was recorded in County Somerset, during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) and a later instance include John Podmore of Sandbach who was listed in the Wills of Richmond in 1626. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884 (granted, 1683, by Carney, Ulster, to Arthur Podmore, of the city of Dublin, Chief Clerk to the Lord Lieutenant's Principal Secretary and Secretary at War, Keeper of the Records in the Bermingham Tower).
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