This surname of ENTISSLE was an English habitation name from the village of Entwisle in County Lancashire, so called from the Old English HENNA (water) and TWISLA (a tongue of land in a river fork). The earliest of the name in record appears to be HENNETWISEL, who was documented in the year 1212 in County Lancashire. ENNETWYSEL was recorded in 1276 in Lancashire. The names of habitation are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named habitations. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and in fact whole countries. As a general rule, the further someone travelled from his place of origin, the broader the designation. Someone who stayed at home might be known by the name of his farm or locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of the county or region from which he originated. Later instances of the name mention Robert de Hennetwisle of County Lancashire, who was recorded in 1576, and Giles Enwistle of Entwistle appears in the Wills at Chester in the year 1545. Robert Enwistle of the Foxholes, County Lancashire is in record in 1574, and Johannes Enwhisly of Preston was listed in the Guild Rolls of Preston in the year 1622. 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.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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