With around one million coats of arms, also known as family crests, in our database we probably have the one you are looking for. Some call the images family crests, but in fact that term as well as ‘coat of arms’ is incorrect. The whole thing is called an ‘achievement’ with the family crest being the part on top of the helmet and the coat of arms is the design on the shield. The family motto, or ‘war cry’, is shown in the top scroll. These first appeared around 1660 so if your surname’s arms are older there will not be a motto. Our prints are authentic.
The origin of coats of arms dates back many centuries to a time when noblemen and landowners lead their own bands of men into battle. The noblemen wore suits of armour and in the throng of battle it was difficult to tell who was who. So the leaders started to decorate their shields with their ‘arms’, and they also wore tabards similarly decorated over the top half of their armour. These were called ‘surcoats’ and in time the name became corrupted to ‘a coat of arms’.
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