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Mirabelli Coat of Arms / Mirabelli Family Crest

Mirabelli Coat of Arms / Mirabelli Family Crest

This French and Italian surname of MIRABELLI was a name which was applied to someone who lived in a beautiful place. The name is also spelt MIRABEAU, MIRABEAUX, MIRABELLA and MIRABELLO. 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. Andre Boniface MIRABEAU Riqueti, Vicomte de MIRABEAU was the French soldier and politician. In the American War of Independence (1775-83) he served in the American army (1780-1785) and at the outbreak of the French Revolution was returned to the Estates-General. He raised a legion of emigres against the republic but was accidentally killed at Freiburg-im-Breisgau. Notorious for his thirst and his corpulence, he was nicknamed tonneau (barrel). 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.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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