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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English Warner family come from? What is the English Warner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Warner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Warner family history?

The origins of the name Warner are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from Warnier, a Germanic personal name. It is composed of two elements: warin, which means guard; and hari, which means soldier. Such militaristic names were popular in the early Middle Ages in Europe, which is not surprising given that Europe was in a semi-permanent state of warfare throughout the Middle Ages.


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Warner family name include Warner, Warnar, Warnere and others.

First found in Leicestershire where they were recorded in the Domesday Book compiled in 1086 as Warnerus and Warnerius.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warner research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1638, 1670, 1558, 1609, 1580, 1649, 1624, 1581, 1666, 1637, 1666, 1667, 1659, 1628, 1692, 1642, 1681, 1676 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Warner History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 179 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Warner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Warner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Warner surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Warner Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Augustine Warner, who arrived in Virginia in 1628
  • Andrew Warner settled in Nantasket Massachusetts in 1631
  • William Warner settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1631
  • Andrew Warner, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Cyprian Warner settled in Virginia in 1635

Warner Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Barbara Warner, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Hendrich Warner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Johann Adam Warner arrived in Philadelphia in 1733
  • Andreas Warner, who came to Philadelphia in 1734
  • Henrick Warner, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1741

Warner Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah Warner, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1800
  • Edward Warner, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • Christian Warner, who landed in Maryland in 1838
  • Freid Ludwig Warner came to Baltimore in 1840
  • George Warner, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1844


  • Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900), American writer
  • Jack Leonard Warner (1892-1978), American president and driving force behind the highly successful development of Warner Brothers Studios in Hollywood
  • Susan Bogert Warner (1819-1885), American novelist
  • William W. Warner (1920-2008), American biologist and writer awarded the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • William Lloyd Warner (1898-1970), American anthropologist
  • Corporal Henry F Warner (1923-1944), American Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Aaron "Albert" Warner (1883-1967), Polish-born American film executive, one of the founders of Warner Bros. Studios
  • Harry Warner (1881-1958), American studio executive, one of the founders of Warner Bros. Studios
  • Jack Warner (b. 1940), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Sir Pelham Warner (1873-1963), English cricket player



  • Warner Family History by Verle M. Arnold.
  • Ecroyd, Warner, and Morris Genealogy by Lewis Ecroyd Morris.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non nobis tantum nati
Motto Translation: We are not born for ourselves alone.


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  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Warner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Warner Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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