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Sant Coat of Arms / Sant Family Crest

Sant Coat of Arms / Sant Family Crest

This Italian surname of SANT was a nickname or given name bestowed on someone who was born on All Saint's Day. The name was originally rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form SANCTORUM. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. The name is also spelt SANTA, SANTORIO, SANTORUM, SANTORELLI, SANTORIELLO and SANTORINI. A notable member of the name was Alberto SANTOS-DUMONT (1873-1932) the Brazilian aeronaut, born in Sao-Paolo. In 1898 he built and flew a cylindrical balloon with a gasoline engine. In 1901 he did the same with an airship in which he made the first flight from St. Cloud round the Eiffel Tower and back. Two years later he built the first airship station at Neuilly. In 1909 he succeeded in building a light monoplane, a forerunner of modern light aircraft. 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. The typical Italian surname endings are 'i' and 'o', the former being characteristic of northern Italy. The singular form 'o' is more typical of southern Italy. 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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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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