The German surname EISINGER was originally an occupational name for a worker in iron, derived from the Middle German 'isen' + 'houwoere'. The name is also spelt EISENHOUWER and EISENHOWER. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. 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 most notable of the name was Dwight David EISENHOWER (1890-1969) the American general and 34th president, born in Denison, Texas of immigrant stock originating in the Rhineland. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1915. Taking the war college course in 1928 and gaining experience under the secretary for war, by 1939 he had become chief military assistant to General MacArthur in the Philippines. With the establishment of NATO in 1950 he was made supreme commander of the combined forces, but in 1952 the popularity which he had gained in Europe swept him to nomination and ultimate victory in the presidential elections. Standing as a Republican he won by a large majority, and was re-elected in 1956. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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