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This surname of PIERMAN was a locational name 'de Permond', a spot in Normandy, France. The name was derived from the Old English PERU, PYRIGE - a grower and seller of pears, and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. In 1066 Duke William of Normandy conquered England. He was crowned King, and most of the lands of the English nobility were soon granted to his followers. Domesday Book was compiled 20 years later. The Saxon Chronicle records that in 1085 'at Gloucester at midwinter, the King had deep speech with his counsellors, and sent men all over England to each shire to find out, what or how much each landowner held in land and livestock, and what it was worth. The returns were brought to him'. William was thorough. One of his Counsellors reports that he also sent a second set of Commissioners 'to shires they did not know and where they were themselves unknown, to check their predecessors' survey, and report culprits to the King'. The information was collected at Winchester, corrected, abridged, and copied by one single writer into a single volume. Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex were copied, by several writers into a second volume. The whole undertaking was completed at speed, in less than 12 months. The name is also spelt PEIRMAN, PEREMAN, PEERMAN, PERMOND, PYRMAN, PAIRMAN, PEARMAN and PARMAN. Early records of the name mention Robert PYRMAN of the County of Sussex in 1296. John de PERMOND was the bailiff of Norwich in the year 1316 and Thomas PEARMAN of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William PERMON appears in County Lancashire in 1458. In Scotland Will PAIRMAN and Cristie PAIRMAN of East Teviotdaill were recorded in 1569. Thomas PERMOUNT and Jone Turner were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1675. 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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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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