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Gauntlett Coat of Arms / Gauntlett Family Crest

Gauntlett Coat of Arms / Gauntlett Family Crest

This surname of GAUNTLETT was a nickname which was applied to a strong man or warrior. The 'gantlet' as it was originally spelt, was the glove worn as part of armour, usually of leather and covered with steel plates. Nicknames usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. The name was derived from the Old French word GANTELET and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Other spellings of the name include GANTLER, GANTLET, GANTER, GAUNT and GAUNTER. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Lefwinus le GANTER, who was recorded in Oxford in the year 1172, and Adam le GAUNTER was recorded in Middlesex in the year 1220. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. Later instances of the name include Henry GAUNTELETT, who was recorded during the reign of Elizabeth I (1559-1603) and Philip GANTLETT and Joanne Avery were married at Westminster, London in the year 1641. Hugh GAUNTLETT and Anne Chaytor were wed in Canterbury, Kent in the year 1678. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.

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