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This English surname of WAINMAN was an occupational name 'the wainman' a wagoner, a carter. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. Other spellings of the name include WAYNEMAN, WAYNMAN, WENMAN and WANEMAN. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Johannes WAYNEMAN of Yorkshire, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and Johannes WAYNEMAN was recorded in the same document. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. Later instances of the name include Thomas WENMAN, who registered at Oxford University in the year 1583, and Ferdinand WAYNMAN enrolled there in 1587. Elizabeth, daughter of Ferdinando WENMAN was baptised at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in 1604, and Mark WAINMAN and Harriott Potts were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1802. 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.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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