This surname of DORING was originally derived from the Old English word DEOR, a baptismal name meaning, the son of Dearing. An old Saxon font name, now long forgotten. Early records of the name mention DERINC (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Willelmus filius Derinch, was recorded in Berkshire in the year 1250. Ricardus Deryng of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Anne, daughter of John Deering was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1651. Edward Dering and Selina Furness were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1755. William Henry Jones and Mary Dearing were married at the same church in 1796. 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. The acquisition of surnames in Europe and England, during the last eight hundred years has been affected by many factors, including social class and social structure, naming practices in cultures and traditions. On the whole the richer and more powerful classes tended to acquire surnames earlier than the working class or the poor, while surnames were quicker to catch on in urban areas than in more sparsely populated rural areas. The bulk of surnames in England were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in place names into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. 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.
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