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 Spanish and Sefardic Jewish surname SIRK was a habitation name from a city of this name in Castile. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village in early times, has served to name many families. The name is also spelt SURIN, SARKIN, ZIRKIN, ZIRLIN, SERLIN, SORKIN, SIRKES, ZERKUS, SORIANO, SOREANO and SORIYANO (Jewish). As a Jewish surname it was also from the Hebrew given name SARA meaning Princess. When traditional Jews were forced to take family names by the local bureaucracy, it was an obligation imposed from outside traditional society, and people often took the names playfully and let their imaginations run wild by choosing names which corresponded to nothing real in their world. No one alive today can remember the times when Jews took or were given family names (for most Ashkenazim this was the end of the 18th century or the beginning of the 19th) although many remember names being changed after emigration to other countries, such as the United States and Israel in recent years. Douglas SIRK is the pseudonym of German film director Claus Detlef SIERCK (1900-1987). He was born in Hamburg, and became known for stage and film productions of classic dramas before leaving Germany in 1937. In the United States during the 1950's he made a series of lurid melodramas about capitalist America which have subsequently been highly praised by critics. His best films are 'All that Heaven Allows' (1956) and 'Written on the Wind' (1957).
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