The surname of WARRAN was a locational name - the dweller at the warren, an enclosure for rabbits, hares and partridges. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The name is also spelt WARREN, WARRAT, WARRENE, WARREND and WARRINGER. Early records of the name mention William de Warene, a tenant listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Hamonlinus de Warrena of the County of Lancashire was recorded in the year 1187. Richard de Warenee of the County of Norfolk in 1273. Warinus de Engayne of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. 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. Later instances of the name include John Warren of Oxford who registered at Oxford University in the year 1512. Mary, daughter of Rafe Warren was baptised at Kensington Parish Church, London in the year 1583. 'Sir John Borlash Warren, of Stapleford, County Nottingham; knighted, 4th March 1632'. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.
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