The surname of EVERHARDT was of German and English origin. It was originally derived from the Old English word Eoforheard, an ancient although now forgotten personal name meaning 'boar-hard'. The name is also spelt EVERHART, EVERHURD, EPPLE and EPPLEHARD. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages.The name was brought to England with the Norman Conqueror in 1066. Early records of the name mention Ebrard (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book, 1086. Euadus de Langetona, was documented in the year 1200 in London. Baptised. Everard, son of George Saunders, at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1619. Edward Everard and Ann Walcock were married in the same church in the year 1666. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. 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. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.
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