The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. The surname ABRAMO was a baptismal name 'the son of Abraham' a popular font name in the 13th century. Early records of the name mention ABRAHAM (circa 2000-1650 BC). He was revered in the Old Testament as the father of the Hebrew people. According to Genesis he came from the Sumerian town of Ur in modern Iraq and migrated with his family and flocks via Haran (the ancient city of Mari) to the 'Promised Land' of Canaan, where he settled. After a while in Egypt, he lived to be 175 years old, and was buried with his first wife Sarah in the cave of Machpelah in Hebron. Abraham is generally regarded as the father of the three great monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The name has numerous variant spellings which include ABRAMS, ABRAHAM, ABRAMSKI, ABRAMINO, ABRAMSEN, D'ARAMI, BRAHMS, ABRAHAMIAN and ABRAMOV, to name but a few. A notable member of the name was Creighton Williams ABRAMS (1914-74) the American soldier, born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from West Point, and commanded a tank battalion in World War II. After service in the Korean War (1950-53) he commanded the Federal troops during the race riots in Mississippi and Alabama (1962-63). He was army chief of staff from 1972 to 1974. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries.
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