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Verdugo Coat of Arms / Verdugo Family Crest

Verdugo Coat of Arms / Verdugo Family Crest

The surname of VERDUGO is a Catalan topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow or a grassy spot. The name was originally rendered in the Old Catalan VERDEGUER, and written in medieval documents in the Latin form VIRIDICARIUM. The name is also spelt VERDAGUER, VERDEGUER and VERDIER. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. A notable member of the name was Mosen Jacinto VERDAGUER (1845-1902) the Catalan poet, born in Folgarolas. He became a priest with a vast popular following. He wrote 'L'Atlantida' and 'Lo Canigo' two epic poems of great beauty. His 'Idilis y Cants Mistichs' (1870) also set to music, has become part of the music of the Catalan church. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. 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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Last Updated: May 9, 2020

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