Coat of Arms
The family crest is a fantastic way in which we can celebrate our family name and in
addition, it forms an historical reminder and can give you and your children, a great feeling of family unity
honesty and loyalty.
I believe that when we look at our family name and its story, it gives us a sense of where we are
from and the journeys our families have made. This puts us in a position to be able to enjoy the fruits of their
In schools everywhere the family crest has been used as a project for children to better understand
the workings of their families. It gives them a feeling for the importance of the family unit, of which they are a
significant and active part. I believe that when we perform our ancestry's family search, looking
at our family name and its story, it gives us a sense of where we are from and the journeys our families have made.
This puts us in a postion to be able to enjoy the fruits of their visions.
What crest do I use ?
There can be many different styles of crests in your family for
example, you may be in a position to create your own crest that is more suited to your mix of family names. Or you
may even have one, two or more different family crests within your immediate family.
The big question of course is what King, Queen or Knight were you
connected to. This does not mean related to as in a family tree. It is more a connection to the history of the
name. However, if your child creates your own, in a scrapbook format for example, then that would be a family
relation and well worth the time spent together.
In my case on my mothers side, a quick look at history tells me I am
connected to one of the great Kings of England - Cornwell but of Irish ancestory. On my step-fathers side he is
also of Irish heritage. However, my name is different to these so my personal name Domeck, goes back to Greece. You
can see the family crest from my stepfathers side of the family above - the Morrison Clan.
The truth is that we are all in some way connected to these glorious
times of romance and heraldry either by mother farther grandmother or grandfather, so there is plenty for you and
your family to investigate.
How would I use my Family Crest ?
Before we look at the history behind the family crest below lets take a peek at
the many varied ways people show their kinship with the past and what their family name means. Some examples would
be as follows:
Framed family crest for the wall
An insignia on clothing,
Ceramic tiling for their home,
Hand Painted Plaques,
Mouse mats for the computer,
Mugs and plates,
In jewelry - seal rings especially.
A bit of background history
Family crests with the addition of the shield of Arms, became common in the early
12th century. Some say the emblems were used long before the time of William the conqueror in Europe and it was he
that brought the idea with him to the Britons.
On or around the 12th century the common form of attack in battle was a cavalry
charge using the heavy horse and Knights with lance and shield. Once the enemies lines had been broken the knights
would then enter hand to hand combat. It is said by some that this is why the emblem was required due to the fact,
knights could then be identified by their colours and markings.
The tournament, known as the "joust", is said to have been started by the
French and then progressed to many parts of Europe including Britain and Ireland. Similar to that of the battle
above, the knights who participated were identified by their coat of arms.
We have all seen the films of the black knight with the crest on the
top of his helmet. The shield was marked with the ruling families, what is known as, "Shield of Arms". The
combination of the two is what created the modern family crest.
The family crest was used as an indentation marker in the wax of
important documents and as an ink stamp for documentary agreements. It was therefore of great significance in our
The film the "Prince and the Pauper" shows two identical boys playing
the part of the prince, the only way the true Prince can prove his identity is by showing that he is in possession
of the royal seal. This I believe shows the importance our ancestors gave to the protection of the family
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