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Halverson Coat of Arms / Halverson Family Crest

Halverson Coat of Arms / Halverson Family Crest

The Danish and Norwegian surname of HALVERSON was a baptismal name 'the son of HALVOR' meaning one who was firm, one with prudence. The name is also spelt HELVERSON, HALVERSON and HELVER. The practice of adopting surnames spread to Denmark and Norway from Germany, during the late Middle Ages, but until the 19th century, they were neither fixed nor universal. The Danish state has in recent years been encouraging the adoption of a wider range of surnames. A minor notable of the name was Spencer Lyndon HALVERSON, born on the 21st May, 1904. He is an attorney and his appointments included instructor in Municipal Law at the University of Southern California from 1947 until 1955. He was president of the Apache Oil Company from 1956, and Division Chief Deputy City Attorney from 1961. 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. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization. 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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