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Winbow Coat of Arms / Winbow Family Crest

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This surname of WINBOW was originally rendered in the Old English form WINEBALD, meaning 'bold-friend'. The name is also spelt WINBOLT, WIMBOLT and WIMBOW. The earliest of the name on record appears to be WINEBALDUS (without surname) who was recorded in Northumberland in the year 1195. WINEBOLD (without surname) was recorded in Yorkshire in 1197. John WINEBALD was mentioned in a document in 1210, and Geoffrey WYNEBAUD was recorded in 1229. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. Later instances of the name include Steeven WINNIBOTE and Alis Eshbeach, who were married at St. Antholin Church, London in 1628, and John Marscott and Rebekah WINBOULT were wed at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1795. Edward Stallard married Elizabeth WINBOLT at St. Dionis Backchurch, London in 1746. 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. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.

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