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This surname of NOVELLI is a Spanish nickname for a newcomer to an area, from the Spanish word NUEVO (new) and rendered in ancient documents in the Latin form NOVUS. The word was also occasionally used in the Middle Ages as a given name, particularly for a child born after the death of a sibling, and this may also be a source of the surname. Other spellings include NOVO, NOVILLO, NOUVEL, NOUVEAU, NOUVET and NOVIELLO. In the 8th century, Spain fell under the control of the Moors, and this influence, which lasted into the 12th century, has also left its mark on Hispanic surnames. A few names are based directly on Arabic personal names. The majority of Spanish occupational and nickname surnames, however, are based on ordinary Spanish derivatives. In Spain identifying patronymics are to be found as early as the mid-9th century, but these changed with each generation, and hereditary surnames seem to have come in slightly later in Spain than in England and France. As well as the names of the traditional major saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. For the most part these names are characteristically Hispanic. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. Notables of the name include Vincent NOVELLO (1781-1861) the English organist, composer and music publisher, born in London of an Italian father and English mother. In 1811 he arranged the publication of two volumes of sacred music, which was the start of the publishing house of NOVELLO and Co. Ivor NOVELLO (1893-1951) was the Welsh actor, composer, songwriter and dramatist, born in Cardiff. He was the son of the singer Dame Clara NOVELLO Davies, and was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford, where he was a chorister. His song 'Keep the Home Fires Burning' was one of the most successful of World War I. He first appeared on the regular stage in London in 1921 and enjoyed great popularity. 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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last updated on: November 23rd, 2019

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