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Krawczyk Coat of Arms / Krawczyk Family Crest

Krawczyk Coat of Arms / Krawczyk Family Crest

This Polish, Czechoslovakian and Ashkenazic Jewish surname KRAWCZYK was an occupational name for a tailor. The name was originally derived from the Polish word KRAWIEC (to cut) and rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form CERNERE (to divide). The name has numerous variant spellings some of which include KRAWIECKI, KRAVIETZ, KRAVITZ, KRAWITZ, KRAWATSKY, KRAJCIR, KROJTOR and KRAITOR. The tailor was an important part of medieval life, and in the parts of Europe where the winter weather was severe everyone needed the 'great cloak' required by nobles or other warm clothing which was made by the KREJCI, whose talent commanded respect. In these times clothes made the man, showing everyone the class in which he belonged and the deference due to him. Laws restricted the lower classes from wearing the clothes of their 'betters'. In almost all European countries the family name derived from the occupation as a tailor became a popular one. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. 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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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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