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. (VENTOLO). This surname of VENTOLA was derived from the Old French 'aventure' a nickname for a bold or venturesome person, originally rendered in Latin documents as ADVENTURA (meaning chance, happening). This form of the name appears in the 13th century. It was also an Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Portugese surname from a medieval given name, a short form of BONAVENTURA 'Good Fortune'. The name was borne in honour of a saint (1221-74) who was given his nickname by St. Francis of Assisi when he cured him miraculously as a child. The name is also spelt VENTRISS, VENTURI, TURA, VENTURELLA, TURELLA, VENTURE, ABENTEUER, EBENTEUER and HEBENTHEIER to name but a few. 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. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries.
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