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 surname of PATERNO is a French, English and German occupational name for a maker of rosaries. The name was rendered in ancient documents in the Latin form PATER NOSTA (Our Father) the first words of the Lord's Prayer, which is represented by large beads using the rosary. The name may also have been a nickname for a pious individual or for someone who was under a feudal obligation to say paternosters for his master as part of the service by which he held his land. The name is also spelt PATINIR, PATENOTRE, PETERNOT, PETERNOTE, PATERNAULT, TERNOSTER and PATERNOSTRO. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. Joachim PATINIR (or PATENIER; circa. 1485-1524) was the Flemish painter, noted for his panoramic landscape views. His paintings include St. Christopher and St. Jerome. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84.
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