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Ruffing Coat of Arms / Ruffing Family Crest

Ruffing Coat of Arms / Ruffing Family Crest

This French and Italian surname of RUFFING was from a personal name RUFUS, originally a nickname for someone with red hair. The name was borne by various minor early saints, and occasionally used as a given name in the Middle Ages. It was also borne by a 3rd century martyr of Soissons and a 4th century Church Father. Other spellings of the name include RUFFINI, RUFFINO, RUFFO, RUFFI, RUFO, RUFFOLO and RUFFOLI. The Calabrian noble family of the name RUFFO are said to have come to southern Italy with the Normans. French, or rather Norman French, was the language of the aristocracy and the upper classes in England at the time fixed surnames were being developed, it is therefore not surprising that many of our well-known family names are derived from French words. Originally only Christian or personal names were used, and although a few came into being during the 10th century, surnames were not widely used until much later, when people began to realize the prestige of having a second name. Despite evidence that hereditary surnames were in use in the Venetian Republic as early as the 10th Century, the origin of many Italian surnames is unclear. There is still a great potential for research into medieval Italian records while documented evidence indicates the adoption of the father's name as a surname is the most common form. The familiar endings of "i" and "o", meaning to be a member of a certain family, bears this out. A notable member of the name was Giovanni Domenico RUFFINI (1807-81) the Italian writer, born in Genoa. In 1833 he joined Young Italy, and in 1836 had to flee to England. From 1875 he lived in Taggia in the Riviera. He wrote 'Lorenzo Beroni; Passages in the Life of an Italian' (1853) 'Dr. Antonio' (1855) and other novels in English. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.

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