Orsini

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Orsini

(Italian orˈsiːni)
n
(Biography) an Italian aristocratic family that was prominent in Rome from the 12th to the 18th century
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It passed into the hands of the Orsini family, after which it is named, in the 18th century.
Legend has it that they were given to the Rosenberg family because of their relationship with the Italian Orsini family. Since "orsa" means she-bear in Italian, the Rosenbergs adopted the animals as shield-bearers on their coat of arms.
When she finally accepted her father's arrangement of marriage into the powerful and wealthy Orsini family, Pope Julius must have been fairly exasperated with her, denying her any public celebration of the event and declining to attend the nuptials himself.