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DePaola Coat of Arms

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Azure, a fess argent with three roses gules, in chief two mullets, and in base, a crescent gules.


Three ostrich plumes proper.


DePaola Surname History


The Italian surname dePaola is of matronumic origin, derived from the name of the mother of the progenitor of this family.  In this instance dePaola is a slight corruption of the surname diPaola, derived from the Latin name “Pailus” or “Pauilus”, which at the same time were derived from the word “paucus”, with the meaning of  “little” or “of small size”.  This name became very popular after the birth of Christianity due to the figure of Saint Paul the apostle, who originally used to persecute Christians, but after Christ appeared to him on his way to Damascus , he changed religion and his original name of Saul to that of Paul, with the connotation of “little in the sense of modest”.
Although traditionally children were often given the name of their father as their own surname, sometimes when there happened to be several individuals whose father had the same name, they would adopt the name of their mother, making it easier to be identified.  Matronumic surnames were also adopted in the case of those men whose job forced them to be absent from their home for large periods of time which often would turn out to be years.
The root of the surname dePaola is the other surname Paulo.  It is one of the most common Italian surnames, with fifteen different blazons of arms being registered for the masculine version, and twenty different ones for the feminine version.  Variants of this surname are Paulo, or Paula, while the number of alterations is enormous, with surnames like Paulino, Pauletto, Paolica, etc. and compounds forms like Paolo Emilia, Paolo Ankonia, Paola Maria, etc.
The amount of Paola surnames found all over Italy is due to the devotion for Santa Paula diRoma, who died in the city of Bethlehem
in 404, and was the founder of the feminine monastery.  

Authentic information extracted from the DePaola Family Name History.

The DePaola history has been located in the archives of the Historical Research Center and this renowned resource has authenticated the following information:

DePaola is a surname which is found primarily in Italy. It should be noted that DePaola family members have migrated through history thereby carrying the name to many areas.

The surname DePaola comes from the first name of the mother of the original bearer. This being one of the ways that family names were formed so that the DePaola family, like others in their community could carry their name with distinction.

The colour Azure (Blue) in the coat of arms of the family DePaola symbolizes Loyalty and Truth.  It also reflects the hopes, ambitions and aspirations of its original bearer.

Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were recorded from the mid 19th century in the great migration from Italy to the New World.  Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard principally in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.


Mullet - A bearing resembling a five-pointed star. It is sometimes called a spur rowel, but it was in use long before the rowelled spur. When used as a difference it denotes the third son.

Crescent - A bearing resembling the half moon with the points turned up. When used as a mark of cadency it denotes the second son.

Gules - (guelz) Red. This color on engraved escutcheons is represented by vertical lines

Azure - Bright blue. Used especially in describing the escutcheons of gentlemen beneath the degree of baron. The same color on a nobleman's coat is called sapphire, from the stone, and that on the coat of a sovereign prince Jupiter, from the planet of that name. Engravers represent azure in heraldry by horizontal lines.

Chief - The head or upper part of the shield, containing a third of the field, and is divided off by one line, either straight or crenellé (indented). When one chief is borne upon another it is called surmounting.

Fess - {See FESSE.]

Fesse - (fes) One of the ordinaries. A strip or band placed horizontally across the shield, occupying one-third of the field. Its diminutives are the bar, the barrulet and the closet.

Argent - (Ar'-jent) White. The silvery color on coats of arms. In the arms of princes it is sometimes called lune, and in those of peers pearl. In engravings it is generally represented by the natural color of the paper. It represents purity, innocence, beauty or gentleness.

          He beareth gules upon his shield, A chevron argent in the field. -Tales of a Wayside Inn.

         Used as an adjective: Of the coloring of coats armor.

        "Rinaldo flings As swift as fiery lightning kindled new; His argent eagle with her silver wings, In field of azure, fair Erminia knew." - Fairfax

Helmet - The helmet is borne above the shield and beneath the crest. Like the coronet, it denotes the rank of the wearer. Those used by English heralds are: (1) For sovereigns and princes of the blood, borne full-face, with six bars, all of gold; (2) for the nobility, of steel, with five bars of gold, shown somewhat in profile; (3) for baronets and knights, of steel, full-faced and open; (4) for an esquire or gentleman, of steel, with the visor closed, and represented in profile.

There is a further distinction made by some heraldic writers, being a silver helmet, in profile, with gold ornament, and four silver bars, for the lesser nobility, or those ranking below a marquis.

The various distinctions of the helmet are supposed to have been introduced after the Restoration


Even the colors can have special meaning in a "family crest" or coat of arms: 

Gold (Or)  

Generosity and elevation of the mind  

Silver,White (Argent)

Peace and sincerity


Warrior or martyr; Military strength and magnanimity  

Blue (Azure)  

Truth and loyalty


One who has been honored by the sovereign; hope of greater glory (horns to the chief)


Military belt or girdle of honour; represents readiness to serve the public  


When depicted on the shield, denotes wisdom and security in defense; strength, protection, invulnerability  

Mullet (Star)  

Divine quality from above; mark of third son  

Ostrich/Ostrich plumes

Willing obedience and serenity  

Plume of feathers

Sign of willing obedience and serenity of mind  


Equity and upright action; virtuous person  


Mark of the seventh son; Hope and joy; see also meanings for specific colors of roses  

Rose ( Red)

Grace and beauty  

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