The surname of WALDRAM was of two-fold origin. It was a baptismal name 'the son of Waleran' an ancient although now forgotten personal name, originally derived from the Germanic personal name 'Walhhrafn'. The name was brought into England during the Norman Invasion of 1066. It was also a locational name from a place in County Sussex, so called from the Old English 'weald' and 'oern' literally meaning the dweller in a house. Local names usually denoted where the original bearer of the name held his land. This surname is now also common in Ireland, especially in Connacht. Early records of the name mention Walarinus de Cartone, 1273 County Devon. Edward Waldron of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John Waldrone of County Devon, registered at Oxford University in the year 1522. Francis Waldron of County Somerset, registered at Oxford University in 1603. Baptised. Sarah Waldron at St. Mary Aldermary, London in the year 1730. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The name is also spelt Waldren. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They are to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people. 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.
Arms registered at Langridge, County
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