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Rebel Coat of Arms / Rebel Family Crest

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This surname of REBEL is a Spanish, Italian and French name of varying origins. It was a habitation name from any of various places, for example in the provinces of Segovia and Soria, so called from the Spanish word REBOLLO (shoot) and rendered in ancient documents in the Latin form REPULLUS. It is possible that in some cases it may have been a nickname in the sense 'offspring - son'. It was also a French occupational name meaning one who grew grapes and produced wine. Most of the occupations or professions reflected in family names are those known in the small villages in Europe, or those followed in a kings, or an important noble's household, or in some large religious house or monastery. During the Middle Ages much of Europe was composed of small villages, and many families surnames sprang from the occupation of the owner, and to describe a man by his occupation or profession was the most natural way to address a man, and set him apart from others in the neighbourhood. The name is also spelt REBER, REPELLO, REBOUR, REBOUS, REBOUT, REBOURSEAUX, REBOURSET and REBOUSSIN. A notable member of the name is Grote REBER, born in 1911, the American radio engineer. He was already an enthusiastic radio 'ham' when he began his studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He built the first radio telescope, 31 feet in diameter in his own back yard, and for several years after its completion in 1938 he was the only radio astronomer in the world. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. As early as the year 1100, it was quite common for English people to give French names to their children, and the earliest instances are found among the upper classes, both the clergy and the patrician families. The Norman-French names used were generally the names most commonly used by the Normans, who had introduced them into England during the Norman Invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066.

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