The surname of SYRETT was a baptismal name 'the son of Sigrid' an ancient personal name which was derived from the Old English SIGEROED composed of the elements 'sige' (victory) and 'roed' (counsel). It was originally in the Norman form SIGRIOR, and the name was brought into England from Hainault in Flanders in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066 and the name dates from the 8th and 9th centuries. The earliest French hereditary surnames are found in the 12th century, at more or less the same time as they arose in England, but they are by no means common before the 13th century, and it was not until the 15th century that they stabilized to any great extent; before then a surname might be handed down for two or three generations, but then abandoned in favour of another. In the south, many French surnames have come in from Italy over the centuries, and in Northern France, Germanic influence can often be detected. Early records of the name mention SIRED (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. SIREDUS (without surname) was in record in County Yorkshire in 1095, and Willelmus filius Sigerith appears in the year 1197 in County Yorkshire. Roger Syrad was recorded in the year 1273 in County Oxford. Sigreda de Urmeston was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) in County Kent and Cyred Tone of Yorkshire,was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Later instances of the name include John Syrett and Susanna Hippeth who were married at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in 1722. John Green and Elizabeth Siret were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1769. The name is also spelt Sirett, Sired, Syrad and Syratt. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France 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 one. Barons and Lords noted - original spelling of the name was SIRAUT.
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