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Natter Coat of Arms / Natter Family Crest

Natter Coat of Arms / Natter Family Crest

This name NATTER was a French nickname for someone who had some particular connection with the Christmas season, such as owing the feudal duty of providing a yule-log to the lord of the manor, or having given memorable performances as the Lord of Misrule. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form NATALIS (birthday, to be born). It was also used as a given name for someone born during the Christmas period. The name is also spelt NADER, NATTIER, NOWILL, NADAL, NADAUD, NATALI and NOELLET. During the 17th century surnames were brought to Britain, North America and southern Africa by French Huguenot exiles. The Huguenots were French Protestants, and in 1572 large numbers of them were massacred in Paris on the orders of Queen Catherine de'Medici. Many of the survivors sought refuge in England and elsewhere. Although the Edict of Nantes (1598) officially guaranteed religious toleration, persecution continued, and the Edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685. It was then the trickle of emigration became a flood. Many migrated to England, while others joined groups of Dutch Protestants settling around the Cape of Good Hope. Others sailed across the Atlantic to establish themselves in North America. Jean Marc NATTIER (1685-1766) was the French artist, born in Paris. He executed historical pictures and portraits, including those of Peter the Great and the empress Catherine II, the Great of Russia. French, or rather Norman French, was the language of the aristocracy and the upper classes in England at the time fixed surnames were being developed, it is therefore not surprising that many of our well-known family names are derived from French words. Originally only Christian or personal names were used, and although a few came into being during the 10th century, surnames were not widely used until much later, when people began to realize the prestige of having a second name. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.


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