This name MOCKRIDGE was of the locational group of surname 'of Mogridge' a spot in County Devon. There was also a place 'Moggridge' in County Sussex, now extinct. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention Edward Mugridge of County Somerset, who was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Thomas Muggeridge of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. George Mogerege, County Wiltshire, who registered at Oxford University in the year 1586. Tristam Blaby and Johane Morgradge, were married at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in the year 1590. James Clark and Ann Mugrige were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1760. Thomas Pring and Mary Mugridge were married at the same church in 1773. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They are to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people. 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.
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