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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. The surname of REMY was a French medieval given name, which represents a falling together of two distinct Latin names. REMIGIUS was derived from the two elements REMUS (oar) and AGERE (to wield) and was a name given to an oarsman or rower; this name was borne by a 6th century bishop of Rheims who brought Christianity to the West Franks and who baptised Clovis. REMEDIUS (from the Latin 'remedium' meaning a cure or remedy') was borne by various minor saints of the 8th to the 10th centuries. The name has numerous variant spellings which include REMI, REHM, REMMY, REMEIS, ROMEIS and REMEDIO. The earliest French hereditary surnames are found in the 12th century, at more or less the same time as they arose in England, but they are by no means common before the 13th century, and it was not until the 15th century that they stabilized to any great extent; before then a surname might be handed down for two or three generations, but then abandoned in favour of another. In the south, many French surnames have come in from Italy over the centuries, and in Northern France, Germanic influence can often be detected. A notable member of this name was St.REMY (c.483-533) Frankish prelate, and bishop of Reims. According to Gregory of Tours he baptized Clovis, king of the Franks, in the Christian faith. He was known as the Apostle of the Franks. When the first immigrants from Europe went to America, the only names current in the new land were Indian names which did not appeal to Europeans vocally, and the Indian names did not influence the surnames or Christian names already possessed by the immigrants. Mostly the immigrant could not read or write and had little or no knowledge as to the proper spelling, and their names suffered at the hands of the government officials. The early town records are full of these mis-spelt names most of which gradually changed back to a more conventional spelling as education progressed.

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