Origin of the Coat of Arms
word “Heraldry” is derived from the German “heer” -- a host, an army --
and “held” -- a champion. The term “blason,” by which the science of heraldry
is denoted in French, English,Italian, and German, is probably derived
from the German word “blazen” -- to blow the horn.
knowledge of the various devices and symbols was called Heraldry,
and as the announcement was accompanied with the sound of a trumpet, it
was termed “blazoning the arms.”
earliest coats of arms were fairly simple -- bars or wavy lines, a lion
rampant or an eagle displayed, or an arrangement of fleurs-de-lis. The
designs became more complex as the years passed, and the practice of quartering
(incorporating the arms of other families acquired through marriages) developed.
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Colors of Heraldry
and Styles of Shields:
Justice, Sovereignty, Regal
bar across the top of the shield)
Dominion, authority, wisdom,
achievement in battle
Victorious , Patient in
|Pale (a center column
on the shield - top to bottom)
Military strength, fortitude
|Bend (a column from
a top corner to opposite bottom corner)
Representative of a Knights
scarf - signifies Defense
Warrior , Martyr , Military
|Fess (a center column
- left to right)
Signifies the Military Belt
- represents Honor
Strength , Loyalty
|Cross (self explanatory,
top to bottom, left to right)
Christian, one who had served
in the Crusades
Constancy , Grief
|Chevron (a column
shaped like ^ )
Signifies Protection, faithful
Hope , Loyalty in Love
|Pile (A "V" shape
on the front )
Represents wood used in
||Saltire (an x shaped
cross going corner to corner)
St. Andrew's cross, signifying
Noble, the Sun.
Originally only princes
could wear it.
|Bordure (a border
around the shield)
Represents Honor, as used
to differentiate between family members
|Canton (a small square
located in the upper corner)
Representative of a flag
'added' to the arms
There are literally hundreds
of different symbols that can appear on coats of arms. The colors
that are chosen and even the shape of the shield itself can be of significance
to the family. The use of animals and images on the shields meant
different things at different times to different people. The colors that
were used however were more constant as were the shapes on the shields.
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