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. Registered in Spain. This Spanish, French and English surname of RAMOS is of two-origins. It was an English nickname for a forceful or lusty individual, originally derived from the Old English word RAMM. It may also occasionally have been an occupational name for a shepherd, or a house sign for someone who lived 'at the sign of the ram'. In France the name was applied to someone who lived in a thickly wooded area. The name is also spelt RAMUS, RAM, RAMES, RAMA, RAMPLING, RAMELET and RAMET. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. A notable member of the name was Petrus RAMUS, the Latin name of Pierre de la RAMEE (1515-72), the humanist, born in Cuts, France. He was educated in Paris, and became a lecturer on classical authors, and undertook to reform the science of logic. He later became a Protestant (circa.1561) fled from Paris, and travelled in Germany and Switzerland. Returning to France in 1571 he was killed in a massacre. 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.
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