The surname of WILEMAN was an occupational name 'the servant of Will' the man who looked after his master's needs. This surname hails from Yorkshire, and has ramified strongly. Early records of the name mention Symon Adam Willeman, 1279, County Yorkshire. Simon Willman was documented in 1273, County Cambridge. Adam Willeman of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Henry Wileman and Alis Worship were married at St. Antholin, London in 1563. William Willman and Elizabeth Jackson were married at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, in 1753. 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 for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. The lions depicted in the arms were the emblem of strength and courage, and for that reason are used often in Coat Armour.
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