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Corvo Family Crest / Corvo Coat of Arms

Corvo Family Crest / Corvo Coat of Arms

This Hungarian surname of CORVO was a nickname for a man with strikingly glossy black hair, or for one with a raucous voice. 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 was derived from the Old Spanish CUERVO and rendered in medieval documents in the form CORVUS. The name is also spelt CUORVI, CORVI, CORBI, CROVO, CROVI CORVINUS and CORBEAU. A notable member of the name was MATTHIAS I CORVINUS (circa. 1143-1490) king of Hungary, the second son of Janos Hunyady. He was elected in 1458, but it cost him six years' hard struggle against the Turks, Bohemians, the emperor Frederick III and disaffected magnates before he could have himself crowned. His conquests were facilitated by the creation of a standing army and reform of the fiscal system, although his heavy taxation was unpopular. He codified the laws, patronized the arts, and founded a magnificent library the 'Bibliotheca Corvina'. The Hungarian language is quite distinct from its Germanic and Slavonic neighbours, and is of Finno-Ugric rather than European origin, and so it is related to Finnish. However, the strongest cultural influence in historical times has been German, and the pattern of Hungarian surnames is similar to that found in Germany and Austria. In the 19th century, surnames ending in 'Y' came to be considered more aristocratic than those ending in 'I', although it has been shown that the alternation between these two letters depended on the whim of a clerk, and had no connection with rank.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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