The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This surname of GOLDBERGER was an English and German metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in gold, a refiner, jeweller or gilder. It was also a nickname for someone with bright yellow hair, with reference to the colour of metal. The Old personal name persisted into the Middle Ages as a given name. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. The name has numerous variant spellings which include GOOLD, GOLD, GILDER, GOLDERBURG, GOLDENFELD, GOLDLAND, GOLDSTERN and GYLLENHAMMAR, to name but a few. A notable member of the name was Joseph GOLDBERGER (1874-1929) the Hungarian born American physician and epidemiologist, born in Giralt. He came to the United States as a child and qualified in medicine (1895) at the Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York City. He joined the United States Public Health Service in 1899, where he investigated the spread of a number of infectious diseases. The word Heraldry is derived from the German HEER, (a host, an army) and HELD, (champion): the term BLASON, by which the science is denoted in French, English, Italian and German, has most probably its origin in the German word 'BLAZEN' (to blow the horn). Whenever a new knight appeared at a Tournament, the herald sounded the trumpet, and as competitors attended with closed vizors, it was his duty to explain the bearing of the shield or coat-armour belonging to each. Thus, the knowledge of the various devices and symbols was called 'Heraldry'. The Germans transmitted the word to the French, and it reached England after the Norman Conquest of 1066.
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