Villani Family Crest

COATS OF ARMS were originally unique designs used by medieval knights that were painted on their shields or sewn on their tabards (short coat) or surcoats (long outer coat). Believed to be a protection and also to identify the wearer, the coat of arms displayed was specifically for that individual person (and sometimes family or state). Since Roman times (when they identified military units), coats of arms have been used, coming into more general use by feudal lords and knights in battle in the 12th century. By the 13th century, they were seen outside battlefields, to become symbols for families of higher social classes in Europe, and they were passed down from one generation to the next. Churches, towns, universities, companies and organizations gradually developed crests for their use, and many are still in use today.

The Italian surname ‘Villani’ is reported to derive from the Old French word ‘vilein’, which was a name given to a serf or peasant who served a lord. Since this was considered a low status, the word led to the modern English ‘villain’. Apparently the name came to England following the Norman invasion in 1066. Interestingly, it wasn’t until around the 14th century that most of the population had acquired a surname, since up till that time the wide choice of names – whether Celtic, Norman, Latin or Old English provided a wide choice, and second names weren’t necessary. However, as society became more organized, people wanted things more official for documents, wills, deeds, etc.

Whatever the history behind the name, the Villani family has a handsome coat of arms. In this case, it has been hand sculpted, painted and mounted to make a very dimensional and striking centerpiece.

Flat Painted
Sculpted & Painted Add on
Sign Size
18 " x 26 "