This surname GUNNER was of the baptismal group of names 'the son of Gunner' an ancient personal name. The name is also spelt GUNNERMAN, GUNNOR, GUNNERUS, GUNER and GUNMAN. The name was brought into England during the Norman Invasion of 1066. In 1086 the compilation of the Domesday Book was ordered by William the Conqueror (1027-87), king of England from 1066. He was born in Failaise, the bastard son of Robert, Duke of Normandy, by Arlette, a tanner's daughter. On his father's death in 1035, the nobles accepted him as a duke. When Edward the Confessor, king of England died in 1066, William invaded England that Autumn, on 14th October, 1066 killing Harold (who had assumed the title of King). English government under William assumed a more feudal aspect, the king's tenants-in-chief and all title to land was derived from his grants, and the Domesday Book contains details of the land settlements, and the names of the owners of such. Gunner (without surname) was such as tenant in Berkshire, Gunnere in County Essex and in Devon the name was listed as Gunnar. Other early instances of the name include William Simon Gunnore, 1275 County Berkshire, William Gunwar appears in Cornwall in the year 1279. Gunnora de la More, who was recorded during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Willelmus Gonnor of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Michael Gonnar (in charge of artillery) was noted in the Issue Roll of Edward IV (1461-1483). The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. 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. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
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