This surname of LOLLE is a very rare and interesting name, perhaps from the Middle English word LOLLE, 'to droop, dangle, to lean idly, to recline in a relaxed attitude', hence an indolent fellow. It is, however, possible that it was an early Middle English name meaning 'mumbler' applied to a pious person and substituted in the 14th century for Lollard. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. Before the 1066 Conquest names were rare in England, the few examples found were mainly adopted by those of the clergy or one who had taken holy orders. In 1086 the conquering Duke William of Normandy commanded the Domesday Book. He wanted to know what he had and who held it, and the Book describes Old English society under its new management in minute detail. It was then that surnames began to be taken for the purposes of tax-assessment. The nobles and the upper classes were first to realise the prestige of a second name, but it was not until the 15th century that most people had acquired a second name. Early records of the name mention Elfred le Lolle, who was documented in 1133 in County Huntingdonshire, and Alfward Richard Lollere appears in 1300 in Canterbury, Kent. Thomas Lolle of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Rietstaps Armorial General. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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