Warn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Warn likely is derived from the place name Wearne, a hamlet, in the parish of Huish-Episcopi, poor-law union of Langport, E. division of the hundred of Kingsbury in Somerset, [1] or Warne in Marytavy in Devon. [2]

Early Origins of the Warn family

The surname Warn was first found in Somerset or Devon. Alternatively the name could have been "from Cornish guernen, an alder-tree." [3] [4] Another source claims the name was "a curt pronunciation of Warren." [5]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Roger Warne in Norfolk, and the following in Somerset: Jervase de Werne; John de Werne and Alexander atte Werne. [6] Kirby's Quest listed: Gervase de Werne as residing in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first years of Edward III's reign.) [7]

Early History of the Warn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warn research. Another 25 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1524 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Warn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Warn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Warne, Warnes, Warn, Wearn, Wearne and others.

Early Notables of the Warn family (pre 1700)

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United States Warn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Warn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jame Warn, who landed in New Orleans in 1849
  • A Warn, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Emily Warn, aged 32, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1892
  • Fred Warn, aged 6, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1892
Warn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Goerge John Warn, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1911
  • Francis Richard Warn, aged 5, who immigrated to America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1911
  • Esther Warn, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Grimsby, England, in 1913
  • Florence Warn, aged 3, who landed in America from Callington, England, in 1913
  • Horace Warn, aged 20, who settled in America from Callington, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Warn migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Warn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Warn, aged 37, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia" [8]
  • Robert Warn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849 [8]
  • John Warn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1849 [9]

New Zealand Warn migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Warn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Warn, aged 21, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Warn (post 1700) +

  • Jesse Warn, American television director, known for his work on Spartacus, The Originals, Arrow and The Flash
  • Bob Warn, Indiana State University baseball coach, eponym of Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium
  • Emily Warn, American poet
  • Sarah Warn, American writer, former editor of entertainment website AfterEllen.com
  • Christopher Warn (b. 1979), English former cricketer
  • Julie Anne Warn AM (b. 1953), Australian academic and performing arts administrator, current Director of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University
  • Jayden Warn OAM (b. 1994), Australian gold medalist wheelchair rugby player at the 2016 Rio Paralympics
  • Patricia Pauline "Patti" Warn (b. 1944), former Australian trade unionist and political staffer, the first female president of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Labor Party (1976-1980)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Reginald Theodore Warn, British Corporal, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  4. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  5. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FLORENTIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Florentia.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARY ANN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849MaryAnn.htm
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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