The surname of MYRON is of Spanish origin, a baptismal name 'the son of Mirion' from a medieval given name of Germanic origin. The name is found in the Latin form MIRONIS, and may represent a short form of the Old Germanic element MERI (famous). The name is also spelt MIR, MIRO, and MIRET. In the 8th century, Spain fell under the control of the Moors, and this influence, which lasted into the 12th century, has also left its mark on Hispanic surnames. A few names are based directly on Arabic personal names. The majority of Spanish occupational and nickname surnames, however, are based on ordinary Spanish derivatives. After the Crusades in Europe, in the 11th 12th and 13th century people began, perhaps unconsciously, to feel the need of a family name, or at least a name in addition to the simple one that had been possessed from birth. The nobles and upper classes, especially those who went on the Crusades, observed the prestige and practical value of an added name, and were quick to take a surname. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. A notable member of the name was JOAL MIRO (1893-1983) the Spanish artist born in Montroig. He studied in Paris and Barcelona, and exhibited with the Surrealists in 1925. In his early years he had great admiration for primitive Catalan art and the Art Nouveau form of architecture. Eventually his painting became almost entirely abstract, and he had a great impression of American artists, in the late 1940's and 50's. MYRON (5th century BC) was the Greek sculptor, a contemporary of Phidias, he worked in bronze and is best known for the celebrated 'Discobolos and Maryas'.
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