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Dormen Coat of Arms / Dormen Family Crest

The German surname of DORMEN was originally a baptismal name 'the son of Dereman' an ancient although now forgotten personal name. The name was brought into England during the Norman Conquest. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property. Early records mention Dereman (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Dereman de Bure was documented in County Yorkshire in the year 1185. Johannes Derman of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Edward Dearman and Anne Deacon were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1773. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. 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.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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