The surname of TERRY was a baptismal name 'the son of Theodoric', a nickname TERI, from the French Thierry. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention TEDRIC (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Theodricus of London also appears in the Book. Terry (without surname) of the County of Yorkshire was recorded in 1273. Terricus Baril of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Petrus Terre of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Later instances of the name include James Browne and Bridget Terry who were married London in the year 1613. Terye Robsort of London, was baptised at St. Mary Aldermay in the year 1629. An interesting member of the name was Daniel Terry (1780-1829) the English actor and playwright, born in Bath. After an architectural apprenticeship he joined a theatrical company, about the year 1805. He played in many dramatizations of Sir Walter Scott's novels, and they became friends. He also played the major Shakespearean roles. 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. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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