The surname of VENABLES was a locational name 'from Venables' a parish in the arrondissement of Louviers, Normandy. One of this family was tenant under High Lupus, temp. William I so we may say he 'came over with the Conqueror' as did many families in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention William de Venables, of County Salop in 1273. Robert Venables of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Venables, of County Buckinghamshire, Registered at Oxford University in 1616. Richard Venables, County Salop, registered there in 1621. Anne Venables was married at St.Antholin's, Budge Row, London in 1690. John Venables and Elizabeth Norman were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1791. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. The associated arms are recorded in Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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