This surname of WEAREN was derived from a Norman personal name WARIN, derived originally from the Germanic element WAR (guard). The name was popular in France and among the Normans, who brought the name into England during the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Variants of the name include WAREING, WARRING, WEARING, WERRING, WHARIN, GUERIN and GERAN. Early records of the name mention Henry de Warham of the County of Norfolk in 1273. Richard Wareham was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377), and William Wareham of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Symon Wareham appears in County Norfolk in 1400, and a later instance of the name includes Edward Warum of the County of Dorset who registered at Oxford University in 1583. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but most of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. A notable member of the name was Charles GUERIN (1873-1907) the French symbolist poet, born in Luneville. He travelled in Germany and Italy and periodically stayed in Paris. His work is confined to a few collections including 'Le Coeur Solitaire' (1898) and 'L'Eros Funebre' (1900). 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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