This Danish surname of BANGERT was a nickname for a timid person originally derived from the old Norman word BI+ANGR meaning grief and sorrow. 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. Notable members of this name include Bernhard BANG (l848-l932) the Danish veterinary surgeon born in Soro in Zeeland. He studied medicine but later became interested in the healing of animals. In l880 he was appointed Professor of Veterinary Surgery at Copenhagen where he investigated diseases mainly of cattle. The practice of adopting surnames spread to Denmark and Norway from Germany, during the late Middle Ages, but until the 19th century, they were neither fixed nor universal. The Danish state has in recent years been encouraging the adoption of a wider range of surnames. Hermann Joachin (l857-l9l2) was the Danish novelist born in Adsedalle, Isle of Als. He wrote impressionistic novels about loneliness and failure including 'De Uden Faedreland' l906. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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