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Depauw Coat of Arms / Depauw Family Crest

Depauw Coat of Arms / Depauw Family Crest

This surname DEPAUW was derived from the Old English word 'peacoc' a nickname for the 'gaudy and proud ' one who strutted like a peacock. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form PAWA. In some cases the name may also be a house name from a house distinguished by the sign of the peacock. The name has many variant spellings which include PEACOCK, PACOCK, PABON, PAVON, PAUN and DE PAEUW. Early records of the name in England mention Margaret Pakok who was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) in County Somerset. Roger Pocock of Yorkshire was mentioned in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William Peacocke, registered at the University of Oxford in 1510. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866) was an English satirical novelist, born in Weymouth, the son of a London merchant. He was a friend of Shelley. He entered the service of the East India Company in 1819, after producing three satirical romances. He also published two romances 'Maid Marion' (1822) and 'The Misfortunes of Elphin' (1829). At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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