This German surname of BLOK originated as a nickname for a persistent law-breaker who found himself often in the stocks. 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. The name is also spelt BLOCKMANN, BLOC, BLOCK and BLOCKIN. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. A notable member of this name was Alexander Alexandrovich BLOK (l880-l92l) Russian poet, born in St. Petersburg. In l903 he married the daughter of Mendeleyev. His first book of poems, 'Songs About the Lady Fair' (l904) was influenced by the mysticism of Soloviev, a Tolstoyan vision of reality beyond appearances, where truth is embodied in ideal womanhood. He welcomed the Revolution in l9l7 and in l9l8 wrote two poems, 'The Twelve' translated in l920, a symbolic sequence of revolutionary themes. Other works include the romantic verse drama 'The Rose and the Cross'. The word Heraldry is derived from the German HEER, (a host, an army) and HELD, (champion): the term BLASON, by which the science is denoted in French, English, Italian and German, has most probably its origin in the German word 'BLAZEN' (to blow the horn). Whenever a new knight appeared at a Tournament, the herald sounded the trumpet, and as competitors attended with closed vizors, it was his duty to explain the bearing of the shield or coat-armour belonging to each. Thus, the knowledge of the various devices and symbols was called 'Heraldry'. The Germans transmitted the word to the French, and it reached England after the Norman Conquest of 1066.
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