Meaning and Origin of: Warner

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First name origins & meanings:

  • German : Defending army

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English (of Norman origin) and North German : from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements war(in) ‘guard’ + heri, hari ‘army’. The name was introduced into England by the Normans in the form Warnier.
  • English (of Norman origin) : reduced form of Warrener (see Warren 2).
  • Irish (Cork) : Anglicization of Gaelic Ó Murnáin (see Murnane), found in medieval records as Iwarrynane, from a genitive or plural form of the name, in which m is lenited.
  • The name Warner was brought from England to MA independently by several different bearers in the first half of the 17th century and subsequently. Andrew Warner came from England to Cambridge, MA, in or before 1632; William Warner was in Ipswich, MA, by 1637; and John Warner was one of the settlers in Hartford, CT, in 1635.