The surname of ALBA is of Spanish origin, a baptismal name 'the descendant of Alba' a nickname sometimes given to one born at the break of the day. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. A notable member of this name is Edward ALBEE who was born in l928, the American dramatist. He was educated at Laurenceville and at Columbia University. His major works include "The Zoo Story" (l958) a one act dialogue on the lack of communication in modern society, "The American Dream" (l960) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" written in l962. "A Delicate Balance " was written in l966. The associated arms are recorded in Riestaps Armorial General. Registered in Spain. The coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. In the 8th century, Spain fell under the control of the Moors, and this influence, which lasted into the 12th century, has also left its mark on Hispanic surnames. A few names are based directly on Arabic personal names. The majority of Spanish occupational and nickname surnames, however, are based on ordinary Spanish occupational and nickname surnames
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