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This surname of MARSALA is from a French personal name MARTIALIS. This surname was derived from the Latin Martinus - from Mars, the God of War. A popular font name during the 12th and 13th centuries. It was also a metonymic occupational name for a smith or a nickname for a forceful person, rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form MARTULUS. The name was borne by a minor 3rd century saint, the first bishop of Limoges. Other spellings of the name include MARSALA, MARSAL, MARSEAU, MARAULT, MARSAUD, MARCAL and MARSALLON. Wynton MARSALIS, born in 1961 is the American trumpeter and composer, born in New Orleans to a musical family. Learning to play from the age of eight, he is unusual in his dual achievement as classical soloist and jazz performer. He won Grammy awards in 1984 for both a jazz and classical recording. French, or rather Norman French, was the language of the aristocracy and the upper classes in England at the time fixed surnames were being developed, it is therefore not surprising that many of our well-known family names are derived from French words. Originally only Christian or personal names were used, and although a few came into being during the 10th century, surnames were not widely used until much later, when people began to realize the prestige of having a second name. America was colonized by peoples from all over the world in a very short period of time, and mostly, in the case of French immigrants they have stayed together in Louisiana. Of the early immigrants to America the French have fared the worst in respect of their names, chiefly because of the difficulties experienced by the Americans in pronouncing them correctly. Many have been translated into English names. French heraldry bears a close relationship to British. From the Renaissance people tended to place only their coronets of rank upon their helmets. By the 18th century the helmet had also been abandoned and coronets were placed directly above the shield. After the French Revolution of 1789, heraldry was abolished, being replaced some 15 years later by a new Imperial heraldry, characterised by weapons and images of Napoleonic campaigns, crests, helmets and mottoes being removed.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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