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 German surname of NOLTING was from an aphetic form of various medieval given names derived from Germanic personal names ending in the element WALD (meaning rule). It was also an occupational name for a sailor or boat builder, and was originally rendered in the Latin form NAVIS. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation 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 name has many variant spellings which include NOLD, NOLDE, NAULD, NAULDING and NALTING. A notable member of the name was Emil NOLDE (1867-1956) the German painter and printmaker, born in NOLDE. One of the most important Expressionist painters, he was briefly a member of the Expressionist 'Die Brucke' (1906-7) but produced his own powerful style of distorted forms in his violent religious pictures such as 'The Life of Christ' (1911-12). He also produced a large number of etchings, lithographs and woodcuts. German or Teutonic heraldry extended its sphere of influence over central Europe and spread into Scandinavia. It is most notable for its design and treatment of crests, most of which reflect the arms in the charge or tinctures (colours) or both, which is unknown in British heraldry. Teutonic Europe assembled many arms on a single shield, each bearing its corresponding crest on a helmet.
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