The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Pensham Court, County Worcester, Middle Temple, London and County Warwick. Granted in 1724 to William MAKEPEACE and the descendants of his father William MAKEPEACE of County Warwick. The name occurs early in Yorkshire and has maintained its existence there. Joan MAKEPEACE was the name given to the daughter of Edward II, when the long war with the Bruces was partly pacified by her marriage. Other records of the name include Richard MAKPAYS of Yorkshire, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and Richard MAKEPEACE of York, was recorded in 1383. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. Later instances of the name include Laurence MAKEPEACE of Northampton, who registered at Oxford University in the year 1601, and Sarah, daughter of Margaret MAKEPEACE was baptised at St. Thomas the Apostle, London in 1706. John MAKEPEACE was the rector of Quedgley, County Gloucestershire in 1712, and Ann, daughter of Jonathan Makepeace was baptised at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in 1752. John McKee and Elizabeth MAKEPEACE of Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1786. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84.
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