This Italian and French surname of GUERRERO was a nickname for a belligerent person or for a valiant soldier. The name was originally derived from the Old French word GUERRE. The name has numerous variant spellings which include WARRE, WHARRIER, WARRIOR, GUIERRE, LAGUERRE, GUERRIER, GUERRA, GUERRERA, GUERREAU and GUERRIN, to name but a few. The American state of Delaware is named after Thomas West, Baron de la WARR (1577-1618) who was governor of Virginia at the time when the region was first explored. A notable member of the name was Charles GUERIN (1873-1907) the French symbolist poet, born in Luneville. He travelled in Germany and Italy and periodically stayed in Paris. His work is confined to a few collections including 'Le Coeur Solitaire' (1898) and 'L'Eros Funebre' (1900. The associated arms are recorded Rietstaps Armorial General. Registered in France. 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. 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 Rose depicted in the arms is used as a distinction for the seventh son. The Distinction of Houses are used to distinguish the younger from the elder branches of a family, and to show from what line each is descended.
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