Vinciguerra Coat of Arms / Vinciguerra Family Crest
This Italian and French surname of VINCIGUERRA consists of two elements VINCI + GUERRA. The medieval element VINCI was a given name originally from the Latin Vincentius. The name was borne by a 3rd century Spanish martyr widely venerated in the Middle Ages, and by a 5th century monk and writer of Lerins, as well as other early saints. In Eastern Europe the name was popular in honour of Wincenty Kadlubek (who died in 1223) a bishop of Cracow and an early chronicler; he was venerated especially in Silesia and his head was believed to rest in Wroclaw. A notable member of the name was Saint Vincent De Paul (1581-1660) the French priest and philanthropist, born in Pouy in Gascony. He was admitted to priest's orders in 1600. On a voyage from Marseilles to Narbonne in 1605 he was captured and sold into slavery in Tunis. His master, was persuaded by Vincent to return to the Christian faith, so, escaping they landed in France in 1607. Having then gone to Rome he was entrusted with a mission to the French Court in 1608, and became almoner of Henri IV's Queen. He formed associations for helping the sick. He was canonized in 1737 and his feast day is 19th July.
The element VINCI was a nickname for a belligerent person or for a valiant soldier. The name was originally derived from the Old French word GUERRE. The name has numerous variant spellings which include WARRE, WHARRIER, WARRIOR, GUIERRE, LAGUERRE, GUERRIER, GUERRA, GUERRERA, GUERREAU and GUERRIN, to name but a few.
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