This Spanish surname of MENDOZA was from the medieval given name MENENDO from the Visigothic personal name Hermenegild, composed of the elements ERMEN (whole, entire) and GILD (tribute). The personal name was borne by a 6th century member of the Visigothic royal house, who was converted from Arianism to the Catholic faith, and became an enormously popular saint, as a result of which the given name was very common in Spain in the Middle Ages. In the
8th century, Spain fell under the control of the Moors, and this influence, which lasted into the 12th century, has also left its mark on Hispanic surnames. A few names are based directly on Arabic personal names. The majority of Spanish occupational and nickname surnames, however, are based on ordinary Spanish occupational and nickname surnames. The name has variant spellings which include MELEMDEZ, MENDEZ and MENDUS. Pelayo Y Menendez Y Pelayo (1856-1912) was the Spanish critic and poet, He is regarded as the founder of modern Spanish literary history. He was professor at Madrid (1878-98) and director of the Biblioteca National from 1898. His writings all exemplifing his traditionalism and Catholicism include ‘The History of Aesthetic Ideas in Spain’ (1844-91).
Another notable member of the name was Ramon Pidal Menendez (1869-1968) the Spanish philologist and critic, born in Coruna. A pupil of Menendez Y Pelayo, he became professor at the University of Madrid in 1899, and founded the Madrid Centre of Historial Studies, and carried on the tradition of exact scholarship. His ‘La Espana del Cid’ (1219) is the finest Spanish modern historical study. He published works on Spanish ballads and chronicles and important historial grammars of Spanish. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
ARMS – Or a lion rampant gules CREST – A demi lion as in the arms ORIGIN – SPAIN
This surname of MACKIE is found predominantley in Ulster, where in the majority it is a variant of the Scottish settler name McKay, but it is known to have been assumed also by descendants of the Irish sept MacAodha. The name was derived from the Gaelic AODH, meaning ‘Fire’ and was originally the name of a Pagan God. Early records of the name in Scotland mention John M’Kee who was servant to John de Crauforde in 1460. Patrick Makkee had a grant of lands in Dunguild, Bute in the year 1506. A man named Lang Mcke was taken furth of the stokkis wherein he had been placed by the sherif-deute in Wigtoun, Scotland in the year 1513. The ‘stokkis’ were a now obsolete instrument of punishment in which the ankles of offenders were confined. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definate nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father’s christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. 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 draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker.
It seems likely that the expression ‘the real McCoy’ originated with an American boxer, Norman Selby (1873-1940) who adopted the name ‘Kid McCoy’ as his professional name, and wished to distinguish himself from another fighter of the name name.
ARMS – Vert three bears heads or
CREST – A bears head as in the arms
No motto recorded
ORIGIN – IRELAND
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A given name (also known as a personal name, first name, forename, or Christian name) is a part of a person’s full nomenclature. It identifies a specific person, and differentiates that person from other members of a group, such as a family or clan, with whom that person shares a common surname. The term given name refers to the fact that the name is bestowed upon, or given to a child, usually by its parents, at or near the time of birth. This contrasts with a surname (also known as a family name, last name, or gentile name), which is normally inherited, and shared with other members of the child’s immediate family.
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