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The German surname of POSTER is a locational name meaning 'one who came from POST, POSTA or POSTAU' the names of places in Germany. The name is also spelt POST, POSTE, POSTA, POSTAU and POSTERS. The name was also a baptismal name 'the descendant of Apostle', a bishop or archbishop, a man of the cloth. The male member of a religious order or monastery was an important person in Medieval Europe. It designated the members of the four mendicant orders, which became prominent in the 13th century, the Dominicans, Franciscans, Carmelites and Augustinians. They lived among their fellowmen travelling and preaching throughout the world. The villagers appreciated their courage and service and welcomed them. Some of the members were lay brothers or 'conversi' who lived according to a rule, but were not so strict as the monks or canons. They were illiterate, engaged mainly in manual work, and had their own living quarters. Jews would sometimes convert to Christianity and in 1154 there was a school in Bristol, England for converts. During the 13th century King Henry III founded the House of Converts in Chancery lane, London, as a home for Jews who had abandoned their faith. A notable member of the name was Wiley POST (1900-1935) the American pioneer aviator, born in Texas. In the early 1920's he went barnstorming as a mechanic, stunt parachutist and wingwalker, learning to fly in 1924. On 23rd June 1931 he left Roosevelt Field, New York City in a Lockheed Vega monoplane as navigator to fly around the world in eight days. He gained instant fame, since the previous record had been made in 21 days. In 1933 he made the first solo flight round the world in 7 days, 18 hours and 49 minutes. He was killed in an air crash in Alaska. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized.

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