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Etherington Coat of Arms / Etherington Family Crest

Etherington Coat of Arms / Etherington Family Crest

The surname of ETHERINGTON was a locational name 'of Hetherington' a spot in Northumberland. The name literally meant the dweller at the enclosure or heath. Local names usually denoted where a man held land. Habitation names are derived from names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named places, which include rivers, houses with signs on them, regions, or whole counties. The original bearer of the name who stayed in his area might be known by the name of his farm, or the 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 that county or the region from which he originated. Early records of the name mention AETHERINGTONE (without surname) who was documented in the year 1066 in the County of Berkshire. Richard de HETHERINGTON, appears in 1298 in County Lancashire and Edmund de HETHERYNTON was recorded in the year 1316 in Northumberland. William de HETHERYNTONE of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Prior to the Invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066, no one had surnames, only christian or nicknames in England. Based on this, and our physical attributes, we were given surnames incorporating tax codes to show trades, areas in which we lived, as today we have street names and numbers. Surnames were used in France and like speaking countries from about the year 1000, and a few places had second names even earlier. Even early monarchs had additions to show attributes and character, for example Ethelred (red-hair) the Unready (never prepared). Edward I was named 'Long shanks' because of his long legs, and Richard III was called 'Crouchback' owing to his deformed shoulder. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour


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