The surname of GOLDRING was a baptismal name 'the son of Goldwin'. Following the crusades in Europe during the 11th to the 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of nobel birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusdades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. The name was in general use before the close of the 13th Century. French influences are traceable in some of the instances included below. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Early records of the name mention Golding Palmarius of the County of Kent in 1273. Roger le Gildene of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Willelmus Goldyng of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Isabella Goldyng, ibid. A notable member of the name was Louis Golding (1895-1958) the English novelist and essayist. His best known work is 'Magnolia Street' which was published in 1932, the story of a typical street in a provincial city, whose inhabitants were Jews on one side, Gentiles on the other. The name was also nickname 'the one with golden hair'. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write, signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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