The surname of QUIMBY was of the locational group of surnames 'of Quenby', a hamlet in the parish of Hungerton, County Leicestershire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land. Most of the place-names that yield surnames are usually of small communities, villages, hamlets, some so insignificant that they are now lost to the map. A place-name, it is reasonable to suppose, was a useful surname only when a man moved from his place of origin to elsewhere, and his new neighbours bestowed it, or he himself adopted it. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. Early records of the name mention Ralph de Quenbi of the County of Huntingdonshire who was documented in 1273 and Edwin Qumiby was recorded in Leicester in 1300. Willelmus de Querenby of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Alexander de Quernby was recorded in the year 1437 in East Cheshire. For the majority of the English speaking peoples, the main sources of names have been the traditions of the various Germanic tribes of Northern Europe, and the names introduced by the Church, perhaps Hebrew names of the Old Testament, or Greek and Roman names of the New Testament and saints. Many names were brought over to England by the invading Anglo-Saxons, a mixed collection of people from various Germanic tribes, speaking various dialects which were called Old English. Later instances of the name mention John Warren who married Margary Quarmeby in Prestbury, County Cheshire in the year of 1589. William Beech and Jane Quenby were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1791. 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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