This originally Norman surname of WERTS was derived from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements WARIN (guard) and HERI (meaning army). The name was introduced into England during the wake of the Norman invasion of 1066. The name has been anglicized to Warner. The name has two distinct origins, it was a baptismal name 'the son of Warrener' and an occupational name meaning the keeper of the 'warren' a place privileged for the keeping of conies, hares, partridges and pheasants. Surnames are divided into four categories, from occupations, nicknames, baptismal and locational. All the main types of these are found in German-speaking areas, and names derived from occupations and from nicknames are particularly common. A number of these are Jewish. Patronymic surnames are derived from vernacular Germanic given names, often honouring Christian saints. Regional and ethnic names are also common. The German preposition 'von (from) or 'of', used with habitation names, is taken as a mark of aristocracy, and usually denoted proprietorship of the village or estate from where they came. Some members of the nobility affected the form VON UND ZU with their titles. In eastern Germany there was a heavy influence both from and on neighbouring Slavonic languages. Many Prussian surnames are of Slavonic origin. The name is also spelt WERNELEIN, WEHRLE, WORNZ, WERTZ, WORNER, WARNER and WORNHOR. A notable member of the name was Manfred WORNER, born in 1934. He was the West German politician, born in Stuttgart, the son of an affluent textile retailer. He studied law at the universities of Heidelberg, Paris and Munich, then joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and was elected to the Bundestag federal parliament in 1965. He succeeded Lord Carrington as secretary-general of NATO in 1988. 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.
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