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Esteban Coat of Arms / Esteban Family Crest

Esteban Coat of Arms / Esteban Family Crest

This French and Italian given name of ESTEBAN was originally derived from the Greek Stephanos, meaning 'crown'. This was a popular name throughout Christendom in the Middle Ages, having been borne by the first Christian martyr, stoned to death at Jerusalem three years after the death of Christ. The name has numerous variant spellings which include ESTE, ESTEVEN, TIEVANT, ETIEMBLE, THIEBLE, STEVEN, STEFFAN, STEFFL and STENO, to name but a few. ESTE (1000-1875) were the Italian family who became rulers of Ferrara towards the end of the 12th century and maintained their hegemony over the city until 1585 when it was incorporated into the papal states. Although Ferrara was lost in 1598 the family retained the duchy of Modena until 1859, when Francis V (1819-75) resigned his territories to Victor Emmanuel. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. They were not in use in England or in Scotland before the Norman Conquest, and were first found in the Domesday Book. 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. It was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) it became general practice amongst all people. 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.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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