Origins Available: English, Italian
Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Signore was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a person with lordly bearing, or the older of two people with the same name. The first is by analogy with the French seigneur, meaning lord.
Early Origins of the Signore family
Norfolk, where the family was granted lands by William the Conqueror for having assisted at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The earliest known bearer of the name was Walter Seignure, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1164.
Early History of the Signore family
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Signore Spelling Variations
spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Senior, Sinyeard, Singard, Sinyard, Sinor, Sayner, Saynor, Sayner and many more.
Early Notables of the Signore family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Signore family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Signore or a variant listed above:
Signore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Signore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Signore (post 1700)
The Signore Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Medio tutissimus ibis
Motto Translation: Go most safely by the middle course
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