The surname of WARMOLL is of two-fold origin. It was a habitation name from places so called in the parishes of Barkisland and Rishworth, both so called from the Old English word WULFRUN, literally meaning the dweller by the spring or stream. The name may also have arisen from a place Wormill in Derbyshire, from where an original bearer may have taken his name. The name was also a baptismal name 'the son of Wormbald' an ancient and popular personal name, familiar to the West Riding of Yorkshire. The earliest English placenames were those taken over by the Anglo-Saxons from the Britons at the time of their settlement in Britain between the 5th and 6th centuries. It was after the Norman Conquest of 1066 that hereditary surnames began to be used. Many of the incoming Normans identified themselves by reference to the estates from which they had come in Northern France, and others took names from the places in England in which they settled. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. Early records of the name mention Wormboldus Harlam,# who was documented in the year 1426 in County Yorkshire. Edward Wolley and Amme Wormald were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1797. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. 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. Registered at Sawley and Cookridge, County York.
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