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This Italian and Jewish surname of PERLA was an occupational name for a trader in pearls, which in the Middle Ages were fashionable among the rich for the ornamentation of clothes. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form PERLA. The name was also an Ashkenazic Jewish ornamental name, an Anglicized form of the Yiddish female given name PERL, a translation of the Hebrew MARGALIT. The name was originally from a Latin female personal name MARGARITA, and was borne by several early Christian saints, and became a popular female given name throughout Europe. Other spellings of the name include PERLMAN, PEARL, PEREL, PERLE, PEARLMAN, PERELSMAN, PERLESMAN, PERLI and LA PERNA to name but a few. Itzhak PERLMAN, born in 1945 is the Violinist, born in Tel Aviv, the son of Polish immigrants, he was crippled by polio as a child, and took up the violin with enthusiasm, playing in public from the age of nine. He studied at the Juilliard School, New York City, and made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1963, and in London in 1968. He is a noted chamber music player, and has recorded almost all the standard violin works. The origins of Italian surnames are not clear, and much work remains to be done on medieval Italian records. It seems that fixed bynames, in some cases hereditary, were in use in the Venetian Republic by the end of the 10th century. Central Italian heraldry has been much influenced by the church. Families deriving their titles from popes have incorporated papal insignia in their arms, notably the papal tiara and the crossed keys. The heraldry is reflected by the history of the country which has been used as a battlefield for successive German, French, Spanish and Austrian invaders. Italian heraldry has however developed certain characteristics shown by the use of horse-head shaped shields which were put on the foreheads of horses at tournaments. Crests are rare but when they do appear are quite ostentatious. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.

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