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 Italian surname of MALATESTA is a nickname of two origins. It was a name which was applied to someone with a bad or mis-shapen head, and it was also used for someone who was stubborn and obstinate. Despite evidence that hereditary surnames were in use in the Venetian Republic as early as the 10th Century, the origin of many Italian surnames is unclear. There is still a great potential for research into medieval Italian records while documented evidence indicates the adoption of the father's name as a surname is the most common form. The familiar endings of "i" and "o", meaning to be a member of a certain family, bears this out. The Church played a very important role in Central Italian heraldry and many Italian families who derived their titles from popes incorporated elements of the papal insignia, notably the papal tiara and the crossed keys, on their Coats of Arms. As in the rest of Europe, the turbulent history of Italy in the Middle Ages is reflected in its heraldry. Traces remain from the successive invasions of the Germans, French, Spanish and Austrians. Certain characteristics, such as the use of horse-shaped shields which were put on the foreheads of horses during tournaments, remain uniquely Italian. Enrico MALATESTA (1853-1932) was the Anarchist, born in Campania, Italy. He studied medicine at Naples University, but was expelled for encouraging student unrest. To demonstrate his beliefs, he gave away his personal fortune, and worked as an electrician in cities around Europe, at the same time organizing anarchist revolutionary groups. He was imprisoned many times, sentenced to death on three occasions, and spent more than half his adult life in exile. He settled in London in 1900. He returned to Italy in 1913.
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