This Italian and French surname of DAIGNEAULT was a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of daggers, or a nickname for someone who carried one. The name was originally rendered in the Old French form DAGUIER. The name has many variant spellings which include Dagonet, Dagonneau, Dagot, Daguinot, Daguenet and Dagueneau. The origins of Italian surnames are not clear, and much work remains to be done on medieval Italian records. It seems that fixed bynames, in some cases hereditary, were in use in the Venetian Republic by the end of the 10th century. The typical Italian surname endings are 'i' and 'o', the former being characteristic of northern Italy. The singular form 'o' is more typical of southern Italy. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupational names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. The earliest French hereditary surnames are found in the 12th century, at more or less the same time as they arose in England, but they are by no means common before the 13th century, and it was not until the 15th century that they stabilized to any great extent; before then a surname might be handed down for two or three generations, but then abandoned in favour of another. In the south, many French surnames have come in from Italy over the centuries, and in Northern France, Germanic influence can often be detected. The associated coat of arms are recorded in Rietstaps Armorial General. (Dagonneau). The rose depicted in the arms is the symbol of beauty and grace, and is used as a distinction for the seventh son.
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