This interesting surname is a variant of Waring which is of early medieval English origin, and is from the Norman personal name "Warin", derived from the Germanic element "warin", derived from the Germanic element "war(in)", guard, and used as a short form of various compound names with this first element, as in the case of Warner. The personal name was popular in France and among the Normans, partly as a result of the fame of the Carolingian lay "Guerin de Montglave". The surname development since 1198 (see below) includes the following: John Waryng (1275, Worcestershire); Roger Warenge (1478, London); John Warren (1512, Oxfordshire); William Wairin (1665, Yorkshire); and Thomas Warring (1674, Suffolk). The modern surname can be found recorded as Waring, Wareing, Warring, Wearing and Werring. Recordings from London Church Registers include: the marriage of Stephen Wareing and Mary Giffard on April 1st 1688, at St. Mildred's, Bead Street, and the marriage of Hugh Wareing and Jane Portsmouth on September 2nd 1716, at St. John's, Hackney. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Warin, which was dated 1198, in the "Curia Regis Rolls of Yorkshire", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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