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Vives Coat of Arms / Vives Family Crest

Vives Coat of Arms / Vives Family Crest

This Catalan surname of VIVES was from a medieval given name bestowed on children for the sake of a good omen. The name was from the expression 'vivas' - may you live, found in Catalan, Spanish and Latin. The name is also spelt VIVAS and BIVAS. In the 8th century, Spain fell under the control of the Moors, and this influence, which lasted into the 12th century, has also left its mark on Hispanic surnames. A few names are based directly on Arabic personal names. The majority of Spanish occupational and nickname surnames, however, are based on ordinary Spanish derivatives. A notable member of the name was Juan Luis VIVES (1492-1540) the Spanish philosopher and humanist, born in Valencia. He studied at Paris and went on to become professor of humanities at Louvain in 1519. He dedicated his edition of 'De Civitate Dei' to Henry VIII, who summoned him to England in 1523 as tutor to Princess Mary. He was imprisoned in 1527 for opposing Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and after 1538 lived mostly in Bruges. In Spain identifying patronymics are to be found as early as the mid-9th century, but these changed with each generation, and hereditary surnames seem to have come in slightly later in Spain than in England and France. As well as the names of the traditional major saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. For the most part these names are characteristically Hispanic. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Rietstaps Armorial General. Registered in Catalogne. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.


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Last Updated: May 9, 2020

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