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Quarrell Coat of Arms / Quarrell Family Crest

Quarrell Coat of Arms / Quarrell Family Crest

During the Middle Ages surnames were first used in order to distinguish between numbers of people bearing the same christian name. As taxation, under William The Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066, became the law, documentation became essential, and names were chosen from a man's trade, his father's name, some personal physical characteristic, or from his place of residence. In the case of the name QUARRELL it was a topographic name for one who lived 'at the Quarel' from residence beside the quarry. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Ivo de QUAREL, who was recorded in County Cambridge, during the reign of Henry III (1216-1272) and John QUAREL was documented in 1377. Johannes QWARELL of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. Later instances of the name mention George QUARREL and Eliazbeth Webling, who were married in London in the year 1620 (No church recorded), and Edward Charlwood and Betty QUARREL were wed at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1779. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Throughout all of Europe the wolf was one of the animals most revered in medieval times. Lycanthropy, the transformation of men into wolves, was widely believed in during the middle ages, and was often used in coat armour.


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