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Lerma Coat of Arms / Lerma Family Crest

Lerma Coat of Arms / Lerma Family Crest

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. This French and German surname of LERMA was an occupational name for an officer of the courts whose functions resembled those of a mayor. It was an occupational name for a teacher, or a locational name for someone who came from LEER in Germany. The name is also spelt LE MARE, LEMAIRE, LA MARRE and MARRE. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. A notable of the name was Jean LE MAIRE de Belges, (c.1473-1524) French humanist poet. He served the Duc de Bourbon, Margaret of Austria, to whom he dedicated his ' Epitres de l'amant vert', and Louis Xll. When the first immigrants from Europe went to America, the only names current in the new land were Indian names which did not appeal to Europeans vocally, and the Indian names did not influence the surnames or Christian names already possessed by the immigrants. Mostly the immigrant could not read or write and had little or no knowledge as to the proper spelling, and their names suffered at the hands of the government officials. The early town records are full of these mis-spelt names most of which gradually changed back to a more conventional spelling as education progressed.


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Last Updated: January 15th, 2021

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