Antica ed illustre famiglia, che godette nobiltà in Salemi e in Messina. Numerosi personaggi di tale cognome si trovano, di sovente, menzionati nei documenti notarili fin dai secoli trascorsi, dai quali appare che erano di condizione nobile. Un Bartolomeo ottenne concessione, nell’anno 1398, di alcuni beni in Salemi e fu vice secreto in detta città nel 1409; un Michele e un Ottavio si trovano annotati nella mastra nobile del Mollica; un Francesco fu senatore in Messina negli anni 1652-53, 1660-61 e tale carica tennero, in detta città, un Ferdinando negli anni 1673-74, 1677-78; un Leonardo nell’anno 1719-20; un Alberto Paolo, qualificato conte non sappiamo con qual diritto, fu duca di Giovan Paolo e padre di Giovanna. La presenza del motto nella bibliografia documentata della famiglia, inoltre, ci conferma l’avita nobiltà raggiunta della casata. Infatti l’origine del motto risale a circa il XIV secolo e deve essere ricercata in quei detti arguti che venivano scritti sui vessilli o bandiere dei cavalieri, esposti alle finestre delle locande in cui questi alloggiavano, in occasione dei tornei, e durante i tornei stessi. Il motto era un pensiero espresso in poche parole facente allusione a un sentimento palese o nascosto, a una qualità, a un ricordo storico, per stimolo al coraggio o onore. Era scelta dal capo della famiglia, dal cavaliere entrante in lizza o data dal sovrano al proprio uomo ligio. Motto della famiglia: Bene docet.. Riguardo a questo cognome abbiamo ritrovato ulteriori informazioni storiche in altri archivi. Purtroppo in lingua originale Inglese. : 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. This Hungarian, Russian and Italian name of SERGI was primarily extrapolated from the Latin family name of SERGIUS, which although of uncertain origin, was borne by a 4th century Christian saint martyred in Cappodicia. The given name was hereditary in the ducal houses of Amalfi and Naples between the 11th and 13th centuries. In the form SERGEI it is also extremely popular in Russia. The name has numerous variant spellings which include SERRIES, SORRIES, SORROS, SERGEEV, SERGEVIN and SERYOZHICHEV, to name but a few. The Hungarian language is quite distinct from its Germanic and Slavonic neighbours, and is of Finno-Ugric rather than European origin, and so it is related to Finnish. However, the strongest cultural influence in historical times has been German, and the pattern of Hungarian last names is similar to that found in Germany and Austria. In the 19th century, last names ending in ‘Y’ came to be considered more aristocratic than those ending in ‘I’, although it has been shown that the alternation between these two letters depended on the whim of a clerk, and had no connection with rank. 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 started in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several states of Western Europe. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their Last Name as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the Last Name, they were stuck with it, and people infrequently modified them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error…. Noble title: Nobili Coat of arms: Di rosso al leone rampante…
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