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 Italian surname of PEREDA was an occupational name for a grower or seller of pears, or a topographic name for someone who lived by a pear tree or pear orchard. 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. The name was also sometimes applied as a nickname for a companion, from the Latin PIRUM, meaning peer, equal. The name has variant spellings which include PEEAR, POIRER, PERALES, PERER, PARERA, PARES and PEREIRA, to name but a few. A notable member of the name was Jose Maria de PEREDA (1833-1906) the Spanish novelist, born in Polanco near Santander. His novels give a realistic picture of the people and scenery of the region where he was born and where much of his life was spent. His finest novel was 'Penas Arriba' (1895). 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. Central Italian heraldry has been much influenced by the church. Families deriving their titles from popes have incorporated papal insignia in their arms, notably the papal tiara and the crossed keys. The heraldry is reflected by the history of the country which has been used as a battlefield for successive German, French, Spanish and Austrian invaders. Italian heraldry has however developed certain characteristics shown by the use of horse-head shaped shields which were put on the foreheads of horses at tournaments. Crests are rare but when they do appear are quite ostentatious.
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