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This English and Norman/French surname of VEZINA was derived from the Old French word VEISIN (neighbour). The name was rendered in ancient documents in the Latin form VICINUS. The original meaning is obscure, probably a nickname for a good neighbour, or for someone who used this word as a frequent term of address. Nicknames usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. Other spellings of the name include VEZIN, VOYSIN and VEISIN. The earliest of the name on record appears to be William VEISIN, who was recorded in Gloucestershire in the year 1192, and William de VEYSIN was documented in Oxford in 1279. 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. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.

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Last Updated: May 9, 2020

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