Originaria della terra omonima nel Beneventano. Biagio professore di diritto nell’Università di Napoli nella seconda metà del XVII secolo ed autore di opere legali e letterarie; Gennaro professore, legista e poeta illustre meritò il nome di Miracolo di dottrina; Marcello Arciv. d’Otranto nel 1747, Arciv. di Palermo nel 1754, e capitano generale e vicerè di Sicilia nel 1755. Altro ramo. Antica e nobile famiglia di Udine. Altra famiglia alzò per arma. Partito; nel primo di rosso, alla fascia ad’argento; nel secondo d’argento, a tre cinghiali di nero, cinghiati d’argento, l’uno sopra l’altro. Fu costume delle più antiche famiglie, le quali dopo la caduta del Romano Imperio, in quella inondatione de’ Barbari, havendo i loro cognomi, sicome gli studi, e altre cose belle smarrito e restati solo con semplici nomi, trarre di nuovo i loro cognomi, e il loro casato da’ nomi proprii paterni, e de’ maggiori.. Riguardo a questo cognome abbiamo ritrovato ulteriori informazioni storiche in altri archivi. Purtroppo in lingua originale Inglese. : This French, Italian and English Last Name of CUSANO was of two-fold origin. The Middle English was rendered in the form COUSIN, and in Old French was spelt CUSIN. In the Middle Ages, as in Shakespearean English had the general meaning of relative or kinsman. The Last Name would have thus denoted a person related in someway to a prominent figure in the neighbourhood. In some cases it may also have been a nickname for someone who used the term frequently as a familiar term of address. The old slang word COZEN meaning ‘cheat’ perhaps extrapolated from the medieval confidence tricksters use of the word COUSIN, as a term of address to invoke as spurious familiarity. The name is also spelt COUSEN, COSIN, CUSSEN, CUZEN, and CUGINI. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention Aethelstane Chusin AD 977 Canterbury, Kent. Roger Cusin, was documented in the year 1166 in the County of Norfolk. Thomas Cossin of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William le Cusyn, ibid. Edmund Cosin was Vice-chancellor of Cambridge University in the year 1558. Samuel Cousins (1801-1887) was the English engraver, born in Exeter. In 1814 he was apprenticed to Samuel William Reynolds and in 1826, started his own account and produced the ‘Master Lambton’ which at once established his reputation. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour…. Noble title: Nobili Coat of arms: Spaccato; nel primo d’azzurro, all’albero nudrito sulla pianura erbosa, il tutto al naturale, accostato da un leone coronato d’oro e sormontato da tre stelle di sei raggi d’argento, male ordinate; nel secondo di…., alla croce patente di….
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