The surname of GEE has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Rathley, County Leicestershire; Eustace Gee aged 30. Visit 1619; seventh in descent from Alexander Gee of the same place, during the reign of Henry V. The name was a locational name 'of Gee' now Gee Cross, a prosperous village in the parish of Stockport. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention Joscelin Gee, documented in County Suffolk, in the year 1133. Edward Gee of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William Gee, was recorded in East Cheshire, in the year of 1495. Dicon Gee, was documented in the County of Cheshire in the year 1550. Thomas Gee married Anne Lowe, at Prestbury, County Cheshire in the year 1562. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification.
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