First name origin & meaning:
German: Defending army
First name variations: Werner
Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
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