Of all the ancient surnames of England few have left their mark so vividly on the pages of time as Warriner. Of Norman origin, the history of this family name entwines itself throughout the fabric of the ancient chronicles of England.
Examination of ancient manuscript reproductions such as the Domesday Book (compiled in 1086 by William the Conqueror), the Ragman Rolls, the Ware poem, the Honour Roll of the Batted Abbey, The Curia Regis, Pipe Rolls, the falaise Roll, tax records, baptismals, family genealogies, local parish and church records reveals the first record of the name Warriner was found in Wiltshire where they had been seated from early times, where they were lords of the manor of Conock, and were from Garenne in Normandy, and Warrener of Warrener ls mentioned on the Honour Rolls of the Battle Abbey as being in Hastings at 1066. They later became the Earls of Surrey in 1089 but the title vas forfeited. They retained their lands of Warrener in Wiltshlre until the time of King John in 1201.
Through the ages, your name, Warriner, occurred in many references with different spellings, Warrender, Warrander, Warrener, and these changes in spelling occurred, even between father and son. Three major events of a person's life, birth, marriage and death were recorded. Frequently, all here different, all three spellings relating to the same person.
The surname Warriner is believed to be of Norman origin, a race commonly but mistakenly assumed to be of French origin. More accurately they were of Viking origin. The Vikings landed in the Orkneys and Northern Scotland about the year 870 A.D., under their King, Stirgud the Stout. Thorfinn Rollo, his descendant, scion of a Vlklng explorer clans who may well have visited North AFerica, landed ln northern France about the year 940 A.D. The French King, Charles the Simple, after Rollo laid siege to Paris, finally conceded defeat, and granted northern France to Rollo. Rollo became the first Duke of Normandy, the territory of the north men. Rollo married Charles' daughter and became a convert to Christianity. Descended from Rollo was Duke Wllllam of Normanndy who invaded England in 1066 and was victorious over the Saxon Kinq Harold at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
William granted his Norman nobles much of the lard of England for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings. Those estates which were still held by these families in 1086 were granted in perpetuity, for ever, hence, the name of the census has called the Doomsday Book. Amongst these Normans a noble is believed to have been your distant ancestor. After careful analysis the researchers found that the first evidence of your surname was found in Wiltshlre. They moved north into Scotland where they had a charter of Balchristie Links but the main seat was at Lochend in East Lothian. John Warrender was confirmed in the lands of Balchristle in 1601. George Warrander was Dean of Guilds in Aberdeen in 1708. Their present family seat is at Bruntisfield. Notable amongst the family at this time has Earl of Surrey.
During the 15th, 16th and 17th century, England, Scotland and Ireland were ravaged by religious and political conflicts as first one element then another fought for control. This created the unrest that was to produce a great exodus, either voluntarily, or by banishment, as first one side acquired control, then another. The tyranny assumed the proportions of an inquisition, and many innocent men were either banished to the colonies, imprisoned Or hanged, drawn and quartered. Alliances were crucial to survival. Arranged marriages assured families of protection, added to their possessions and estates, and gained them influence in the right quarter. Sole family names were almost obliterated, names such as the Percys, the Nevilles and the Fenwicks, once the great clans of the north of England, were reduced to obscurity. Electing loyalty to the wrong side could cause disastrous results to the future of a whole family name.
Manipulation of families known to be loyal to the cause in power was the only way to national survival, there being no standing army.
Sublugatton of Ireland became the objective of a succession of monarchs. Many families were freely 'encouraged' to migrate to Ireland, or to the 'colonies'. Lands were granted free, or at nominal payments. Some families were rewarded with grants of lands, others were banished.
In Ireland, settlers became known as the 'Adventurers for land in Ireland'. One of the conditions of settlement was they undertook to maintain the protestant faith within their families and all those who worked for them. There is no evidence that the family name migrated to Ireland, but this does not preclude the possibility of their scattered migration to that country.
But the New World beckoned and migration continued, some voluntarily from Ireland, but mostly directly from England or Scotland, their home territories. Some clans and families even moved to the European continent.
Kinsmen of the family name Warriner were amongst the many who sailed aboard the armada of small sailing ships, tiny vessels ships known as the 'White Sails' which plied the stormy Atlantlc during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. These overcrowded ships were pestilence ridden, sometimes 30% to 40% of the passenger 1ist never reaching their destination, were buried at sea.
Amongst the settlers which could be considered a kinsman of the surname Warrner, or a variable spelling of that family name has John Warrener who arrived in New York in 1820. The trek from the port of entry was also hazardous and many joined the wagon trains to the prairies or over the Rockies to the west coast. The War of Independence found many loyal to the crown making their way north to Canada about 1790. They became known as the United Empire Loyalists.
Present day notables of this surname, Warriner, include many distinguished persons, Baron runtisfield; Colonel Hon. John Warrender, Company Chairman.
During our research we also determined the many Coat of Arms granted to different branches of the family name.
The most ancient grant of Arms found was;
Gold on a diagonal wavy stripe between six rose, three discs.
The Crest is:
The ancient family motto for this distinguished name is;