The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. The name GAUNA was a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Gavin'. This English surname (now also common in Ireland) was originally derived from a given name popular in the Middle Ages as GAWAYNE. The name was introduced from French versions of the Arthurian romances, where the name was borne by one of the knights of the Round Table, the brother of Galahad and Mordred and a nephew of Arthur. It is probably from an Old Welsh personal name composed of the elements GWALCH (hawk) and GWYN (white). The name has numerous variant spellings which include GAVEN, GAWEN, GAWNE, WAWNE, GABAIN, GAVIN and GAUVRY. The name was taken to Scotland by settlers where GAVIN is a Caithness surname, derived from the ancient name Gwalchmai, signifying Hawk of Battle. It was a favourite forename throughout Strathclyde in past times, and it was a common surname among the gypsies of the Border. Early records of the name mention Alexander Gavin, documented in the year 1647 in Brechin. James Gavine was a brewer in Potterrow, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1669. John Gavin was documented in Chastletoune in the year of 1682. 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.
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