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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Warren family lived in Sussex. Their name, however, is a reference to Varrenne, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Despite this name's resemblance to the Germanic Guarin, often translated as Warin, the names are not thought to be related.
The surname Warren was first found in Sussex, Surrey, Norfolk and Suffolk where William de Warene, or Warrena married Gundard, a daughter of William the Conqueror, received great possessions and later became progenitor of the Earls of Warenne and Surrey.  Poynton in Chester, "anciently called Ponynton and Poynington, remained in the possession of the male line of the family of Warren from the reign of Edward III. till the year 1801, when it terminated in Sir George Warren, K.B., from whose daughter, Viscountess Bulkeley, the manor passed by will to the Hon. Frances Maria Warren, afterwards Lady Vernon, who was succeeded by her son the present lord. " 
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Warren, Warrene and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warren research. Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1138, 1148, 1399, 1563, 1609, 1580, 1628 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Warren History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Warren Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Warren family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Warren or a variant listed above:
Warren Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Warren who came to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 abooard the "Mayflower"
- Abigail Warren and Anna Warren, who both came to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
- Abigail Warren, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
- Anne Warren, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
- Elizabeth Warren, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
Warren Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Garrett Warren, who landed in Virginia in 1711
- John Warren, who landed in Georgia in 1735
- Charles Warren, a bonded emigrant who came to Virginia in 1765
Warren Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jane Warren, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- Hugh Warren, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- Benjamin Warren, aged 53, arrived in New York in 1812
- Henry Warren, aged 18, landed in Maryland in 1813
- George Warren, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
Warren Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Augustus Wm Warren, who landed in Arkansas in 1905
Warren Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Robert Warren, sometimes known as Warrin, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1669
Warren Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Henry Warren, on record as a fisherman of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1794
Warren Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Warren, who landed in Canada in 1812
- Edward Warren, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1824
- Artemus Warren, who landed in Canada in 1829
Warren Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Warren, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Joseph Warren, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- James Warren, a plasterer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Edward Warren, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- James Warren, English convict from Hertfordshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
Warren Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Warren landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- Daniel Warren arrived in Canterbury aboard the ship "Hastings" in 1856
- George Warren, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
- Alfred F. Warren arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
- William Warren arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
- Gerald Lee "Jerry" Warren (1930-2015), American journalist and newspaper editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune, Nixon's final White House Press Secretary
- Mrs. Anna Sophia Warren, (née Atkinson), aged 60, American First Class passenger from Portland, Oregon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 5
- Mr. Frank Manley Warren (d. 1912), aged 63, American First Class passenger from Portland, Oregon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- Edward "Butch" Warren (1939-2013), American jazz double bassist
- Donald James Warren (b. 1956), former American NFL football tight end
- Diane Eve Warren (b. 1956), American songwriter, inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001
- Dale Ossman Warren (1940-1994), American musician, best known for his work as an arranger for Motown Records in the early 1960s
- Charles Marquis Warren (1912-1990), American motion picture and television writer, producer, and director
- C. Denier Warren (1889-1971), American actor
- Adam Warren (b. 1967), American comic book writer and artist
- Family History of the Warren, Stone, Dayton, Routh, Wurster, Daggett, And Young Families by Candy Daggett Young.
- Genealogy of Elihue Warren: a Descendant of Richard of the Mayflower and of William Sumner, With Allied Families by Racola Ford Cooke.
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: Leo de juda est robur nostrum
Motto Translation: The Lion of Judah is our strength.
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- Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
The Warren Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Warren 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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