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Pistone Coat of Arms / Pistone Family Crest

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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. The surname of PISTONE was derived from the Old French word 'pestel' an instrument for pounding things in a mortar, a pestle. Probably for a user of this instrument, a compounder of drugs, a spicer. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form PISTILLUM. Other spellings of the name include PESTELL, PESTEIL, PESTRE, LEPETRE, PESTOUR, PETREL and PESTELARD. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, and PESTEL (without surname) appears to be the first of the name on record. In 1066 Duke William of Normandy conquered England. He was crowned King, and most of the lands of the English nobility were soon granted to his followers. Domesday Book was compiled 20 years later. The Saxon Chronicle records that in 1085 'at Gloucester at midwinter, the King had deep speech with his counsellors, and sent men all over England to each shire to find out, what or how much each landowner held in land and livestock, and what it was worth. The returns were brought to him'. William was thorough. One of his Counsellors reports that he also sent a second set of Commissioners 'to shires they did not know and where they were themselves unknown, to check their predecessors' survey, and report culprits to the King'. The information was collected at Winchester, corrected, abridged, and copied by one single writer into a single volume. Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex were copied, by several writers into a second volume. The whole undertaking was completed at speed, in less than 12 months. A notable member of the name was Walter PISTON (1894-1976) the composer, born in Rockland, Memphis. He trained as an artist and first took a serious interest in music as a student at Harvard. He later studied in Paris, returning to Harvard as professor of music. He produced textbooks on harmony, counterpoint and orchestration. His compositions are in a modern Neoclassical style that includes elements from jazz and popular music.

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