Last name origins & meanings:
- English and Irish (of Norman origin): habitational name from La
Varrenne in Seine-Maritime, France, named with a Gaulish element
probably descriptive of alluvial land or sandy soil.
- English: topographic name for someone who lived by a game park, or an
occupational name for someone employed in one, from Anglo-Norman
French warrene or Middle English wareine ‘warren’,
‘piece of land for breeding game’.
- Irish: adopted as an Englsih
form of Gaelic Ó Murnáin (see Murnane,
- The surname Warren was brought to North America from England
independently by many different bearers in the 17th and 18th
centuries. Richard Warren, a London merchant, was one of the Pilgrims
on the Mayflower. John Warren came to Salem, MA, in 1630 on the
Arbella, and was the founder of an influential 18th-century Boston
family. Arthur Warren emigrated to Weymouth, MA, before 1638.
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