Antica e nobile famiglia originaria di Monteleone. Il commendator G.B. di Crollalanza riporta la blasonatura di questa famiglia nei volumi del suo Dizionario storico blasonico delle famiglie nobili e notabili italiane. Antica e illustre in quei luoghi ove il Salmena eccellente storico di fine secolo riporta nella sua opera “Morano Calabro e le sue case illustri”, stampato in Milano da Bellini e C. nel 1882. Questa famiglia non essendo stata di molto grido anticamente per vari accidenti di fortuna, ad ogni modo si legge esser antica e quasi a nostri giorni ha goduto il grado senatorio avendo anche avuto uomini riguardevoli. 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. : 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. This Last Name of GATTIS is a French, German, Polish and Dutch Last Name, a nickname from the animal the cat, and rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form CATTUS. The word is found in similar forms in most European languages from very early times. Domestic cats were unknown in Europe in classical times, because weasels fulfilled their functions, for example in hunting rodents. They were first introduced into southern Europe in the 1st century AD, and they were known to the Romans by the Greek name AILOUROS, meaning ‘wavy-tail’. They seem to have come from Egypt, where they were regarded as sacred animals. The name has numerous spellings which include KOTZE, CHATT, KATTE, LECHAT, GATTO, KATER, KATTE, DE KAT, KOTT, KOTAS and KOTEV, to name but a few. 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. As early as the year 1100, it was quite common for English people to give French names to their children, and the earliest instances are found among the upper classes, both the clergy and the patrician families. The Norman-French names used were generally the names most commonly used by the Normans, who had introduced them into England during the Norman Invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066…. Noble title: Nobili Coat of arms: Spaccato; nel primo d’oro, al gatto passante di nero, accompagnato in capo da un rastello di quattro pendenti di rosso; nel secondo d’azzurro, a tre bande d’or…
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