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Quartermaine Coat of Arms / Quartermaine Family Crest

Quartermaine Coat of Arms / Quartermaine Family Crest

The surname of QUARTERMAINE was derived from the Anglo-Saxon Quatremayns, a name that was brought to England with the Conqueror in 1066. The name was a nickname meaning 'four hands', perhaps denoting a person who was in the habit of wearing heavy gloves, especially of mail, or one who worked so fast or was so dextrous that he seemed to have four hands. The name was originally rendered in its Latin form of QUATTUOR (four) and MANUS (hand). 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. Early records of the name mention Clare Quatremayns who was recorded in the year 1273 in County Oxford and Thomas Quatreman, appears in the year 1313 Oxford. Richard Quarterlayne married Ann Reed, St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1798. Surnames before the Norman Conquest of 1066 were rare in England having been brought by the Normans when William the Conqueror invaded the shores. The practice spread to Scotland and Ireland by the 12th century, and in Wales they appeared as late as the 16th century. Most surnames can be traced to one of four sources, locational, from the occupation of the original bearer, nicknames or simply font names based on the first name of the parent being given as the second name to their child. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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