What Is a coat of arms ?

What Is a coat of arms



Individuals or Direct Decendants of that individual were granted a coat of arms. Contrary to popular belief, they were not granted to an entire family. In the Midieval or Early Renaissance times, Europeans granted a Coat Of Arms to someone who was worthy of the title.

In order to display a coat of arms you must prove that you are a descendant of the person who was initially granted the coat of arms.


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A coat of arms / family crest is a unique heraldic design on a shield or escutcheon or on a surcoat or tabard used to cover and protect armour and/or to identify the wearer. Thus the term is often stated as "coat-armour", because it was anciently displayed on the front of a coat of cloth. The coat of arms on an escutcheon forms the central element of the full heraldic achievement which consists of shield, supporters, crest and motto. The design is a symbol unique to an individual person, and to his family, corporation, or state. Such displays are commonly called armorial bearings, armorial devices, heraldic devices, or simply armorials or arms.

Note: A Coat of Arms is sometimes referred to as a FAMILY SHIELD, CODE OF ARMS, FAMILY SEAL OR FAMILY CREST

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