Naming was borne thousands of years ago and at first there were just forenames. Around the 11th century the Normans introduced the first hereditary surnames taken from their estates in France. By the 15th century they had spread to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Spain, Portugal and the rest of the European countries. They consisted of a store of Baptismal, localional and Occupation names with Nicknames being formed from the Norman originals and Old Norse terms. Baptismal names are the oldest type of surname and are derived from a given name. They have two main strands of origins; the basic type is derived from patronymic (that's a father's given name) and the other from religious traditions in honour of a cult figure. Locality names were derived from placenames and describe someone who lived near a physical feature or from habitations such as a town, village, farmstead or country. Nicknames were derived from a physical feature, character, a favoured style of clothing or from animals, dirds, flowers or a colour. Occupational names were dirived from people who had a specialised occupation or trade. In these early centuries Coats of Arms were borne. The Knights wore heavy armour from head to foot and the only means of identifcation for his followers was the emblem on the shield and his surcoat. The coat of arms for this surname is one of the first granted from very early centuries.