During the Middle Ages surnames were first used in order to distinguish between numbers of people bearing the same christian name. As taxation, under William The Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066, became the law, documentation became essential, and names were chosen from a man's trade, his father's name, some personal physical characteristic, or from his place of residence. In the case of DARLEY it was a locational name from Darley, a parish in County Derbyshire, three miles from Matlock, and a township in the parish of Hampsthwaite, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The name is also spelt DARLOW, DARLER and DARLY. The earliest of the name on record appears to be John de DERLEYE, who was recorded in County Yorkshire in 1273, and Agnes de DERLAY of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. Later instance of the name mention Henry Blather and Clasia DARLEY, who were married in London in 1587. (No church recorded), and John Rhodes and Mary DARLEY, were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1689. George DARLEY and Mary Harber, were wed at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1774. 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. During the December in the year 1903, recorded in the General Register Office, was the death of Elizabeth DARLER ar Sculcoates, Kingston-upon- Hull. The arms depicted here are the arms of DARLEY. Registered in Yorkshire.
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