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Italian Coats of arms
About the surnames coats of arms, it’s important to figure out that not all surnames have a coat of arms. Coats of arms do not represent a surname, but a specific family carrying that coat ofarms. On the other hand, nobility, at our ancestor’s age was only a very low percentage of the population.
Stemma = coat of arms - Stemmario = Collection of coats of arms
Virtual Heraldic Center
And talking about Heraldry and coats of arms…
In the website Retaggio.it we’ll find a Centro Araldico Virtuale (Virtual Heraldic Center).
The webmaster of this site has a collection of books with coats of arms of Italian families from different regions and kingdoms of Italy. The collection is composed by rare books discovered by him during his genealogical research. Those books are not original volumes and they have been published by different editorials. But, what is interesting is that those coats of arms were not created with commercial purposes, and in every one of them we can read notes about its origins. The collection has more than 5.000 coats of arms.
Ricerca Araldica Gratuita (Free Genealogical Research)
These books are protected by copyrights, but if you want to know if your surname is included in the list of the Italian Royalty, you will be required to fill a form, and they will reply you through an e-mail with the genealogical and heraldic information about your surname, provided that your surname is related with some coat of arms.
Later, this information will be published into the website “Retaggio”.
Noble families of Napoli
Noble families of Bologna
Noble families of the Toscana
Noble families of the Vesuviano (Napoli)
Noble families of Modena
I Cognomi del Sud (Surnames of Southern Italy)
Noble families of Sicilia
Indice delle famiglie presenti nello stemmario di Giovanni Andrea Musso
Noble families of Italy