The surname of WARNOCH was originally of Dutch and German origin. The name meant 'the descendant of Little Waro' (protection) a pet form of names beginning with Warn. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Anglo-Norman Invasion of 1066. It was also a locational name, the dweller near the game reserve. The name of several places in Holland. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. When the settlers arrived in England, they made their way to Scotland and the name there is mainly found in Lanarkshire. The earliest instance of the name recorded was Robert Warnot who was documented in holding Dumbarton Castle against the king in 1489, and Andree Warnoche appears in Lanark in 1505. John Warnok was recorded in Glasgow, circa 1530, and James Warnock appears as a witness in Ayrshire in the year 1562. Andrew Warnock was resident in Phippismilne, Glasgow in 1597, and James Warnock and Agnes Warnock were residents in the parish of Borgue in 1684. 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. The name can also be spelt as Warneck.
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