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. (VENEZIA). This Italian and Jewish surname of VENEZIANO was a regional name from the city of Venice or the region of Venetia, both called VENEZIA in Italian. The name was rendered in ancient documents in the Latin form VENETIA, and was derived from a tribal name of obscure origin, of the VENETI, probably a Celtic tribe who inhabited this area in medieval times. The name is also spelt VENEZIA and VENEZIANI. Despite evidence that hereditary surnames were in use in the Venetian Republic as early as the 10th Century, the origin of many Italian surnames is unclear. There is still a great potential for research into medieval Italian records while documented evidence indicates the adoption of the father's name as a surname is the most common form. The familiar endings of "i" and "o", meaning to be a member of a certain family, bears this out. Eleutherios VENIZELOS (1864-1936) was the Greek statesman, born near Canea, Crete. He studied law in Athens, led the Liberal party in the Cretan chamber of deputies and took a prominent part in the Cretan rising against the Turks in 1896. In 1909 he was invited to Athens, became Prime Minister (1910-15) and restored law and order. In 1935 he came out of retirement to support another Cretan revolt, but it failed and he fled eventually to Paris, where he died. Social conditions in Southern Italy during the agricultural depression of the late 19th Century spurred the first wave of emigration as thousands of people escaped to the New World. Latin America was the original destination for these early settlers but as the economy strengthened in the United States, North America became more popular. Throughout all of Europe the wolf was one of the animals most revered in medieval times. Lycanthropy, the transformation of men into wolves, was widely believed in during the middle ages, and was often used in coat armour, as in the arms depicted here.
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