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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.
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* 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