The surname of WARREN has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Mespil. County Dublin; exemplified to Richard Wright Esq of Mespil. on his assuming by royal licence, 1849, the surname of Warren in compliance with the wishes of his uncle, Samuel Warren of Mespil. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames. They came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definite nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father's christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. 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 draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Early records of the name mention William de Warene, a tenant listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Hamonlinus de Warrena of the County of Lancashire was recorded in the year 1187. Richard de Warenee of the County of Norfolk in 1273. Warinus de Engayne of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Later instances of the name include John Warren of Oxford who registered at Oxford University in the year 1512. Mary, daughter of Rafe Warren was baptised at Kensington Parish Church, London in the year 1583. 'Sir John Borlash Warren, of Stapleford, County Nottingham; knighted, 4th March 1632. 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 was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.
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