This Ashkenazic Jewish surname of GITLIN was from the Yiddish female given name GUTE, meaning 'one who was good'. The name is also spelt GITTLEMAN, GITE, GITTEL, GITTELSON and GITLEN. When traditional Jews were forced to take family names by the local bureaucracy, it was an obligation imposed from outside traditional society, and people often took the names playfully and let their imaginations run wild by choosing names which corresponded to nothing real in their world. No one alive today can remember the times when Jews took or were given family names (for most Ashkenazim this was the end of the 18th century or the beginning of the 19th) although many remember names being changed after emigration to other countries, such as the United States and Israel in recent years. A minor notable of the name is Morris GITTLEMAN, born on the 2nd November, 1912. He is a Consulting Metallurgist, and his appointments have included, Consultant at the Hollywood Alloy Casting Company, Overton Foundry, and at Vulcan Foundry Limited, Haifa, Israel. He is also a contributor to technical journals and bulletins. American surnames comprise of surnames found in every country throughout the world, many with differences in spelling not seen in the old country due to the inability of clerks and Government officials to record correctly the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with the English, French, German, Portugese, Dutch or Spanish languages currently used in the Port of entry or the part of the country where they settled. When an immigrant arriving in America with little knowledge of English gave his name verbally to the officials, it was written down by them as they heard it, and being thereby 'official' it was often accepted by the immigrant himself as the correct American rendering of his name. 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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