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The surname Warner appears to be patronymical and occupational in origin:

From the English, meaning 'Son of Warner (protecting warrior)', an officer employed to watch over the game in a park, was derived from the Old French warrennier. This term, which would have been introduced to England following the Norman Invasion of 1066, was still in use as late as the seventeenth century, when one of Cobbe's prophecies of 1614 is that "The warriner knows there are rabbits in breeding"! Other twists on the name are warnier, derived from the Old Norman French; and warinhar from the Old German, meaning simply "army". We find an
example of this derivation in 1203, when the Curia Regis Pipe Rolls for Dorset refer to one Geoffrey Warner of Surey, Peter le Warner in Yorkshire Rolls of 1214 & Richard le Warner of Cambridgeshire in the Hundred Rolls of 1273.

Once everyone was known by a single name but this lead to confusion and so an extra name was adopted. Thus, a man named John whose father was Warner might be known as 'John (son of) Warner', and William who was a warriner as 'William (the) Warner', the additional name in each case eventually becoming hereditary as a surname.

There are now over 116,000 bearers of the name in the United States alone, and it was among the first surnames to become established here, a list of passengers "to be transported to New England imbarqued in ye Increase," sailing from London Port in April, 1635, including one John Warner, husbandman, aged 20. Also among early emigrants from England to America was Augustine Warner who is recorded in Virginia in 1635. Seth Warner(1743-1784) was an American Revolutionary officer. Back in England, Sir Edward Warner (1511-1565) was Lieutenant of the Tower of London.

Coat of Arms...Crest

The Coat of Arms, officially documented in Burke's General Armory as: Or, a bend between six roses gules barbed vert. Translated: Gold; a red engrailed diagonal bend between six red roses with green barbs.

The Crest: A man's head proper couped below the shoulders, habited chequy or and azure wreathed, or and gules capped argent. The crest (above the shield and helmet) trnaslated: A naturally colored man's head, severed below the shoulders, his clothing checkered gold and blue, wreathed about the temples in gold and red, on his head is a silver cap.


The Warner motto: Non nobis tantum nati, is translated as 'We are not born for ourselves alone'

Writers of the past have attributed symbolism to the tinctures and charges of heraldry thus, Or (gold) is said to have denoted generosity, valor and perseverance; and Guels (red) represented fortitude, creative power and magnanimity. There can be no doubt that the frequent use of roses in English armory is greatly due to the adoption of the badges of the red and white rose in the Wars of the Roses.



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