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Laban Coat of Arms / Laban Family Crest

Laban Coat of Arms / Laban Family Crest

This Hungarian surname of LABAN was a nickname which was applied to a white-haired man. The name is also spelt LABAND and LABANDE. Nicknames usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. The Hungarian language is quite distinct from its Germanic and Slavonic neighbours, and is of Finno-Ugric rather than European origin, and so it is related to Finnish. However, the strongest cultural influence in historical times has been German, and the pattern of Hungarian surnames is similar to that found in Germany and Austria. In the 19th century, surnames ending in 'Y' came to be considered more aristocratic than those ending in 'I', although it has been shown that the alternation between these two letters depended on the whim of a clerk, and had no connection with rank. A notable member of the name was Rudolph von LABAN (1879-1958) the Hungarian dancer, choreographer, dance theorist and notator, born in Bratislava. He studied ballet, acting and painting in Paris, and later danced in Vienna and many German cities. He was ballet director of Berlin State Opera (1930-34) and created dances for the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936. He moved to England two years later, where he furthered his ideas. He established the Art of Movement Studio in 1946, now known as the LABAN Centre and part of Goldsmiths College, London. Hungarian heraldry shows a marked preference for charges or devices associated with the Turkish wars which were a feature of Hungarian history from the 15th to the 18th centuries. A great number of all Hungarian armorial bearings feature a decapitated Turk's head, moustached and turbanned. Sabres, swords and lances are brandished and lions, gryphons or horsemen are all depicted in a fiery and war-like manner. 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.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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