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Ginsburg Coat of Arms / Ginsburg Family Crest

Ginsburg Coat of Arms / Ginsburg Family Crest

The name GINSBURG is a translation of the Yiddish male given name MEYLEKH meaning 'God is my king', one of several such surnames, based on European titles of nobility or royalty. It may also have been a habitation name from GUNZBURG in Swabia, which derives its name from the river GUNZ (in early Latin records GUNTIA). It is also possibly a habitation name from GINTSSPRIK, the Yiddish name of Konigsberg (King's hill) in East Prussia, now Kaliningrad in the Soviet Union. The name is also spelt GINSBERG, KINIG, CONINICK, KINIGEL, CONINGS and KONINGS, to name but a few. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. The Dutch language is most closely related to Low German, and its surnames have been influenced both by German and French naming practices. The preposition 'van' is found especially with habitation names, and the 'de' mainly with nicknames. A notable member of the name is Allen GINSBERG, born in 1926, the American poet. He was brought up in a Jewish community, his father was also a poet and his mother was a left-wing Russian emigrant. He was educated at Columbia University. Numerous collections of his works have appeared including 'Kaddish and Other Poems' (1961) 'The Gates of Wrath; Rhymed Poems' (1948-52) and 'First Blues; Rags and Harmonium Songs (1971-74).

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