Warns History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Warns 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 Warns family

The surname Warns 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 Warns family

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

Warns Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Warns family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Warns Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Warns migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Warns Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Phil Warns, who landed in Brazil in 1858 [8]

Canada Warns migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Warns Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Warns, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Warns migration to Australia +

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

Warns Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Warns, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [9]


  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm


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