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Re: Notaro coat of arms
Posted by: Jerry Notaro (ID *****0910) Date: March 21, 2005 at 11:09:04
In Reply to: Notaro coat of arms by Susan Jefferson of 22

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The Notaro Family also known by the name of Notariis, was reckoned to belong
the Nobility of Nltamura* and Nola in Terra di Bari.

Sorenzo Notaro, a major in the army of the Emperor Charles V, was reputed for
his gallantry in all military actions.

The Notaro Family distinguished itself by the possession of fueds. Its
members were recieved by justice into the Holy Military Order of St. John
of Jerusalem.

A line of this family flourished at Davoli in the province of Catanzaro.

Source: C. Orlandi. - Delle Citta' d'Italia, Vol. 1 page 404.

Il Direttore (signature) 7.X.68
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(Institute of Italian Geneology Firenze)


* The actual spelling may be "Utamura".
(Note that this COA is hand painted and lettered, and a few letters
were difficult to read.)
Family Name History: Notaro

The Italian name Notaro is occupational in origin, being one of those
names based on the type of work a man once did or the profession he
pursued. In this instance the name is derived from the Italian word
“notaro” which literally means “solicitor/notary”. Thus, the original
bearer of the name was a solicitor by profession. During the Middle
Ages, before a system of hereditary surnames as we know today had come
into being, it was common practice for people to be known by their
profession. Through time, the name of the profession became the family
name. There are several variants and diminutives of the name which
include Notari, Nodari, and Notai, as well as the compound forms of
Notarachille, Notarangelo, Notarbartalo, Notaristefani, and Notarpietro.
The name is found mainly in the south of Italy in the form Notaro and is
scarce in the north where it is found in the form Notari.
During the Middle Ages the name Notaro was used to describe the person
who wrote either publically or privately for the magistrate, the
chancellor, the judge and the police. The name appears in France in the
form of Notaire. Early Italian settlers brought the name to the United
States where the name now appears in the form Nodar.
A notable bearer of the name was Raffaele Notari, an Italian Monk and
writer of Latin and Italian prose and poetry in the 19th century. Upon
becoming a monk, he dedicated his life to the teachings of the College
of San Luis.

Blazon of Arms: Bendy of eight sable and argent, a chief azure, charged
with three stars of six points.
Translation: A bend is significant of Defense and Protection. A Star
denotes Honor and Achievement in service of the state.
Crest: A star as in the arms.
Origin: Italy

--The Historical Research Center


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