The name of STRINGER was derived from the Old English word 'streng' an occupational name 'a maker of bows, a stringer'. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. The name is familiar to Yorkshire. Early records of the name mention Walter Stringere, 1194 Yorkshire. Willelmus Strynger was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of the year 1379. Richard Collie married Bettres Stringer at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1574. John Stringer of Nantwich (VICTUALLER) was documented in the Wills at Chester in the year of 1646.
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. The name was taken to Scotland at an early date and Laurence Stringhar was the burgess of Aberdeen in the year 1486.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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