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Humberstone Coat of Arms / Humberstone Family Crest

Humberstone Coat of Arms / Humberstone Family Crest

The surname of HUMBERSTONE was a locational name 'of Humberston' a parish in County Lincoln, four miles from Great Grimsby, and of 'Humberstone' a parish in County Leicestershire, three miles from Leicester. Local names usually denoted where a man lived and actually held his land. The name was derived from the Old English word 'Humbrestain', literally meaning the dweller at the boundary stones. HUMBRESTONE (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, appears to be the first of the name on record, and HUMBERSTAIN (without surname) was recorded in 1115 in County Lincolnshire. 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. Other records of the name mention Ralph de Humberstein, 1180 in London and William Humblestone was documented in London in 1273. Richard Hummestone of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Family names are a fashion we have inherited from the times of the Crusades in Europe, when knights identified one another by adding their place of birth to their first or Christian names. With so many knights, this was a very practical step. In the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries the nobles and upper classes, particularly those descended from the knights of the Crusades, recognised the prestige an extra name afforded them, and added the surname to the simple name given to them at birth. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in County Norfolk.


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