The surname of WELDON was a locational name, originally 'of Weldon' two parishes in the diocese of Peterborough and Northamptonshire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention William de Welledon, 1197 Northampton. Geoffrey de Weldone was recorded in County Huntingdonshire in 1273, Lucas de Weldon, County Lincoln, ibid. Edward Weldon of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Henry de Weldon, was documented in the year 1327 County Surrey. William Weldon of Northampton, registered at Oxford University in the year 1596. An Anglo-Irish family settled in the Pale, which was a district centered in Dublin, in the 14th century, under the full control of the King of England. The name in Irish is rendered as De BHEALATUN. 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. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of arms in 1884.
(Athy, County Kildare. Registered at the Ulster Office, 1634, to Walter Weldon Esq., of Athy.)
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