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Terrell Coat of Arms / Terrell Family Crest

Terrell Coat of Arms / Terrell Family Crest

The surname of TERRELL was a baptismal name 'the son of Turold', a favourite font name in the 12th century. Early records of the name mention Henry Tyrel, 1273 County Devon. Katerina Terell of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John Tirell and Janes Stokes were married in London in the year 1623. Peter Drapier and Barbara Tirril were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1624. 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. Prior to the Invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066, no one had surnames, only christian or nicknames in England. Based on this, and our physical attributes, we were given surnames incorporating tax codes to show trades, areas in which we lived, as today we have street names and numbers. Surnames were used in France and like speaking countries from about the year 1000, and a few places had second names even earlier. Even early monarchs had additions to show attributes and character, for example Ethelred (red-hair) the Unready (never prepared) and Edward I was named 'Long shanks' because of his long legs. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another.


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last updated on: September 13 2018

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