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Warin Coat of Arms / Warin Family Crest

Warin Coat of Arms / Warin Family Crest

The surname of WARIN was a locational name 'of Wareham', a town in the County of Dorset, also of Warham, a parish in the County of Norfolk. In the middle ages it was customary for a man to be named after the village where he held his land: this name identified his whole family and followed him wherever he moved. It could have been his place of birth, or the name of his land-holding. Local surnames, by far the largest group, derived from a place name where the man held land or from the place from which he had come, or where he actually lived. These local surnames were originally preceded by a preposition such as "de", "atte", "by" or "in". The names may derive from a manor held, from working in a religious dwelling or from literally living by a wood or marsh or by a stream. The name was brought into England from France during the wake of the Norman Invasion, and the name was originally spelt as Guarin. Early records of the name mention Henry de Warham of the County of Norfolk in 1273. Edward Warum of the County of Dorset, was registered at Oxford University in 1583. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Walmesley, Lancashire.


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