The surname of ENSOR was a locational name 'of Edensor' a spot in County Derbyshire, two miles from Bakewell. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention Adam de Ednesore, 1247 Derbyshire. Richard de Edensore, 1273 County Cambridge. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes general Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. James Sidney, Baron ENSOR (1860-1949) was a Belgian painter and engraver, he was born in Ostend of Anglo-Belgian parentage. Although he trained at the Brussels Academy he rarely left Ostend and was neglected for much of his life. Now he is accorded major status as a pioneer/precursor of Expressionism. He is best known for his macabre carnival paintings of fighting skeletons and masked revellers which owe a great deal to Bosch, Brughel and Goya, as is his Entry of Christ into Brussels (1888). His later work is less fierce. Sir Robret Charles Kirkwood ENSOR (1877-1958) was an English radical journalist and historian, he was born in Somerset. He was educated at Winchester and Oxford, he joined the Manchester Guardian as leader-writer, and edited an anthology of speeches and writings of theoretical significance, Modern Socialism (1904). Families acquired a place name as a surname under three different sets of circumstances. Either the man lived or worked in, on or near some topographic formation or landscape feature, either natural or artificial or he formerly lived in a village, town or city and acquired the reputation of being from that place. Finally he owned or was lord of the village or manor designated. In the overwhelming majority of cases it is impossible to say whether a remote ancestor owned the manor or had merely once lived in that place. However, it is safe to say that in most cases a manor or village name merely identifies the place where the original bearer of the name formerly resided. 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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