The surname of ELVERSTON is a variant of Elvaston, a locational name 'of Elvaston' in Derbyshire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. It was also a baptismal name ' the son of Aelfred ' an ancient personal name. Early records of the name mention Alleuuoldestune (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Ailwaldestone (without surname) was documented in 1219 in Derbyshire. William Elvered, 1696, County Warwickshire. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village early times, has served to name many families. The name is also spelt as Elvaston, Alverston and Elvason.
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