Warnes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Warnes 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 Warnes family

The surname Warnes 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 Warnes family

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

Warnes Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Warnes family (pre 1700)

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Australia Warnes migration to Australia +

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

Warnes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Warnes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851 [8]
  • Robert Warnes, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline" [9]

New Zealand Warnes 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:

Warnes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Emma Warnes, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
  • John Warnes, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hasquina" in 1870
  • Henry Warnes, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hasquina" in 1870
  • Jane Warnes, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hasquina" in 1870
  • Miss Elizabeth A. Warnes, (b. 1856), aged 19, English housemaid from Suffolk travelling from London aboard the ship "Waimate" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1875 [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) CONDOR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Condor.htm
  9. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 26th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caroline 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caroline1855.shtml
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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