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This Italian surname of DEVINCENT was a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Vincent'. 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. This medieval given name was originally from the Latin Vincentius. The name was borne by a 3rd century Spanish martyr widely venerated in the Middle Ages, and by a 5th century monk and writer of Lerins, as well as other early saints. In Eastern Europe the name was popular in honour of Wincenty Kadlubek (who died in 1223) a bishop of Cracow and an early chronicler; he was venerated especially in Silesia and his head was believed to rest in Wroclaw. A notable member of the name was Saint Vincent De Paul (1581-1660) the French priest and philanthropist, born in Pouy in Gascony. He was admitted to priest's orders in 1600. On a voyage from Marseilles to Narbonne in 1605 he was captured and sold into slavery in Tunis. His master, was persuaded by Vincent to return to the Christian faith, so, escaping they landed in France in 1607. Having then gone to Rome he was entrusted with a mission to the French Court in 1608, and became almoner of Henri 1V's Queen. He formed associations for helping the sick. He was canonized in 1737 and his feast day is 19th July. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. 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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