The surname of SABOURIN is a French nickname for a pleasant or amiable person. The name was derived from the Old French word SAVOREUX, meaning tasty, agreeable, and rendered in ancient documents in the Latin form SAPORSUS (flavour, taste). Nicknames usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. Other spellings of the name include SAVOUREUX, SAVREUX, SABOURAND, SAVOURET, SAVOUREZ and SABOURET to name but a few. During the 17th century surnames were brought to Britain, North America and southern Africa by French Huguenot exiles. The Huguenots were French Protestants, and in 1572 large numbers of them were massacred in Paris on the orders of Queen Catherine de'Medici. Many of the survivors sought refuge in England and elsewhere. Although the Edict of Nantes (1598) officially guaranteed religious toleration, persecution continued, and the Edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685. It was then the trickle of emigration became a flood. Many migrated to England, while others joined groups of Dutch Protestants settling around the Cape of Good Hope. Others sailed across the Atlantic to establish themselves in North America. This name SABOURIN was introduced into England through Hugueonot immigration. One present day family trace their descent from a certain Pierre SABOURIN who arrived in England circa. 1750 from Saint-Maixent and became a silk-weaver in Bethnal Green, London. An earlier immigrant was Aaron SABOURIN, recorded in 1682 in the archives of the French Protestant Church, London. 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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