Rastro heráldico da família: Spanseil
Ancient and noble German family, of clear and ancestral virtue, that has worldwide spread, over the centuries. According to tradition, this family, as a reward for valuable services rendered to Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, was admitted to the "Briefadel" (lit. "letter of nobility"), the so-called new nobility as opposed to "Uradel", a term coined only in modern times, in reference to noble families whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to before the Middle Ages. Besides, this family, in all ages, always stood out, thanks to the prominent figures, which gave birth, in the public service, in the liberal professions and in the military service. Among these, without undervalue the omitted, we would like to mention: Burchardus, jurist in Leipzig, flourishing in 1501; Hermann, landowner in Saxony, flourishing in 1515; Cunrad, eminent jurist, flourishing in Leipzig, in the late XVI century; Karl Hans, militiaman by profession, flourishing in Saxony,... Continuain 1601; Friedrich, military doctor, flourishing in Leipzig, in 1634; Gerard, jurist, flourishing in Leipzig, in 1648; Bocardus, landowner in Saxony, flourishing in 1671; Franz Karl, renowned jurist, flourishing in Leipzig, in 1699; Sigmund, councillor in Leipzig, in 1712; Adam, councillor in Leipzig, flourishing in 1734; Gerard, jurist, flourishing in Dresden in 1761. From the analysis of colours and symbols of the coat of arms we can have more information about the family virtues. In heraldry, sable is the tincture black and it denotes the qualities of knowledge, piety, serenity and works; the argent symbolizes purity, tenderness, temperance, mercy, kindness, the desire to win and the talent of eloquence; the increscent signifies one who has been enlightened and honoured by the gracious aspect of his sovereign but it is also a symbol of hope and greater glory. Knights returning from the Crusades introduced this Islamic symbol to heraldry and it has been used as a representative emblem ever since. Family names so old, without any doubt, honour not only the families but also the cities that welcomed them; seems to be, in fact, very worthy living members of this family which, with much decorum, carry this noble surname, which has had several illustrious persons.