Origin of the Name Warren
The origin of the name Warren
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Warren is an occupational name meaning 'game preserve keeper', a keeper of a warren, and taken from the district of Dieppe in France. Variants include Warrin, Warner and Waren. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a Richard de Warenne, County Norfolk, and a Richard le Warner, County Cambridgeshire, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A Reginald of Waren was witness to a charter to the Abbey of Culross, Scotland, in the year 1231. A Henricus Warner was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Warren is also an occasional variant of the name Murnane in Counties Cork and Kerry, taken from the Gaelic O'Murnain sept.
The Warren coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Warren descendants.