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Family spelling variants includes Warrens, Warne, Warin, Garon, Werren, Wharin, Waring, Warrant, Warrand, Warran

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Recorded in the modern spellings of Warren and the much rarer Warran and Warron, this is an English surname, but one of medieval French origins, of which there are three. The first is locational from the village of La Varrenne in the departement of Seine-Maritime, and meaning the place on the sandy soil. The second topographical and describing someone who lived by a game park, whilst thirdly it may be occupational for someone employed in such a place. If so the derivation is from the Norman French word "warrene", meaning a warren or land set aside for breeding game. Introduced into England and Scotland after the Conquest of 1066, the surname is one of the earliest on record as shown below...


Warren (Variants: Warran, Warrand, Warrant, Waring, Wharin, Werren, Garon, Warin, Warne, Warrens)

An English relationship name from the Middle English (Old French) personal name Warin, Werin, similarly Germanic Warin, Werin. The spellings Garin, Gwarin of the names of early bearers represent the Parisian French form G(u)arin .

Although, An English and Irish (Norman origin) locative name from Varenne (Seine-Maritime, Normandy), the name of a major Norman family after the Conquest, it is named with a Gaulish element from the word vearenna. It is perhaps descriptive of alluvial land or sandy soil or alternatively meaning an "enclosed area".

Also, in Irish it is adopted for Ó Murnáin (Murnane).

Early medieval bearers include; Robertus filius Warini (Warin), 1086 in Ely Inquisition (Cambs); John Waryng,1275 in Subsidy Rolls (Worcs); Semannus Waryn,1332 in Subsidy Rolls (Stokenham, Devon); Richard Weryn,1332 in Subsidy Rolls (Preston and Hove, Sussex); Roger Warenge,1478 in London Letter Books (Lincs).

Post-medieval bearers include: John Warren alias Waryng,1512 in Oxford University Register; John Warren,1560 in IGI (Ash next Ridley, Kent); Josephus Warren,1630 in IGI (Sheffield, WR Yorks); William Wairin,1665 in Parish Registers (Rothwell, WR Yorks); Thomas Warring,1674 in Hearth Tax (Suffolk).

In 1891, the surname location was widespread across England with 23,264 occurrences recorded in England and Wales and 213 in Scotland. Devon was a top county of the surname with 1,404 occurrences.

In 1881, the most common Warren occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer with a less common occupation being Carpenter. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Warren.

Previously, the noted Samuel Warren (1807-1877) was an English lawyer and author of Passages from the Diary of a late Physician.

Edward Warren, an English convict, was transported aboard the "Argyle" on 5 March 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia.

1881, 1891 Census

1881 Census in Devon

Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016

1860 Lower, Mark A Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom, London: J.R Smith. Public Domain

1857 Arthur, William An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain



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    Kirk warren

    Hi I'm kirk warren a 73 year old Australian Irishman. My forbear James Warren arrived in Van Diemans land in 1829 on board the Mary. He had been convicted of stealing a goos from Lord Howard. He was sentenced in the Surrey Court. The Surrey History Centre has his record. He married a free women. There son also james married the daughter of two convicts. His next son son also James married the daughter of an Irishman named Anderson. Her name was Emma the name I gave my daughter without knowing about my great grandmother. My grandfather Named Victor married an Irishwomen Mabel Kennedy. 
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    Paul Galloway

    Warren I am looking for descendants of George Warren and Rebecca Amy Young. They were born in the 1790's and lived around Ardstrasna and Carney (near Lissadel) as farmers. They had eleven children. There many named Young Warren, taking Rebecca's maiden as their first, in honour of her. The three youngest moved to New Zealand.My line comes down through their son Francis. He named a son Young who Married Jane Johnston. My grandmother was their daughter: Susan Beattie Warren. She married my Grandfather Alexander Davis Galloway and they emigrated to Canada.
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    Jennifer Leslie

    Henry Warren had a child in 1870 with Eliza Brett. She had been married to Noah Lambert from the mid 1840s. They were agricultural workers from Norfolk and Suffolk. They came to Tasmania in 1848. There are no records of Noah Lambert after arrival in 1848. Henry Warren and Eliza Brett (Lambert) had 2 children —Charles Warren and Eliza Warren. Both lived in Tasmania. I would appreciate knowing information about Henry Warren's origins.
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    Charles William Warren born 1862 (approx) at Longford Tasmania. Married Annie Salisbury at Longford Tasmania Son Charles William Warren born 1896 Longford Tasmania.
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    jennifer leslie

    I'm interested in Henry Warren's biography: his origins.
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    I want to see I will I will I got any relation to the people my name is Kenneth Aaron Warren
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    My grandmother settled in Australia near the turn of the 19th century. She lived in Eden and the family were whalers. Here name was Josephine Warren and she came from count Cork, Ireland. Any information on her heritage would be appreciated. Cheers, Eden.
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    My grandmother Josephine Warren came to Australia with her mother, Josephine and father Joseph in the late 1800s. Her father was a boat builder and they first arrived in Perth, Western Australia. They originated from County Cork. I would appreciate any information on their history. Cheers, Eden.
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