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Kifer Coat of Arms / Kifer Family Crest

Kifer Coat of Arms / Kifer Family Crest

This surname of KIFER was a German occupational name in south-west areas of Germany, for a cooper. This was an extremely important craft in the Middle Ages, since the universal use of ale, beer and wines by people of all classes made a considerable need for the maker of casks, tubs and barrels in which to store the liquid refreshment. The name was also a topographic name for someone who lived in a pine forest by an isolated place, from the German word KIEFER (pine). The name is also borne by Ashkenazic Jews, among whom it is an ornamental name from the word for tree. Lastly it was a nickname for a glutton or messy eater, derived from the German word KIFEN (to chew). The name has variant spellings which include KIEFNER, KUFLER, KUFFNER, KAUFNER and KIEF. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized. A notable member of the name is Anselm KIEFER, born in 1945, the German avant-garde artist, born in Donaueschingen, Bavaria. He held his first one man show in Karlsruhe in 1969. Some critics have seen 'Fascist', others medieval or Nordic symbolism in his work. German or Teutonic heraldry extended its sphere of influence over central Europe and spread into Scandinavia. It is most notable for its design and treatment of crests, most of which reflect the arms in the charge or tinctures (colours) or both, which is unknown in British heraldry. Teutonic Europe assembled many arms on a single shield, each bearing its corresponding crest on a helmet. The Rose depicted in the arms is used as a distinction for the seventh son. The Distinction of Houses are used to distinguish the younger from the elder branches of a family, and to show from which line each is descended.

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