This English surname of WARMINGTON was a locational name meaning 'one who came from WARMINGTON' (the village and settlement of WAERMUND's people) in Warwickshire. The name is also spelt WORMINGTON. The name was brought into England by early Scandinavian settlers. The Scandinavian element in English place names is very considerable. It is an outcome of the extensive Scandinavian settlements made in England from the latter half of the ninth century onwards. They were mostly Danes, but in the north-western parts of the country such as Cheshire, Lancashire, Westmorland, Cumberland and West Yorkshire, the settlers were mostly Norwegians. Many English names adopted by Scandinavians were changed in form to conform better to Scandinavian habits of speech. The earliest of the name on record appears to be WARMINTONE (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, and WARMINTONA (without surname) was documented in Warwickshire in 1123. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. Later instances of the name include Robert de WERMINGTON, who was recorded in 1273, and William WARMYNGTON of County Dorset registered at Oxford University in the year 1577. Thomas James and Mary WARMINGTON were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1779. 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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