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Postby Formendacil » Tue Sep 28, 2004 2:24 am

Just to expand on what my brother wrote, during the later 1800s, the Dutch government started issuing Coats of Arms to any family that wanted to have one. The Joosten Coat of Arms is by no means a "Noble" Coat of Arms. We're the descendents of peasants, I'd wager. :D
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Postby doctorsparkles » Tue Sep 28, 2004 5:12 am

Here's "mine": ... =&s=snyder

The problem is that Snyder is a very common name (I know not all of us are related, so we can't all have the same crest), and one that wouldn't be given to a member of the nobility (maybe one of the wealthier commonfolk, but not a noble, by any means). I wouldn't trust this site as far as I could throw it.
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Postby TheOrk » Wed Sep 29, 2004 3:10 am

I found mine its just like I said it was! ... =&s=Cawood it was :)
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Postby kajo163 » Tue Oct 05, 2004 3:07 pm

Well, I think that the rules are (at least in this country) that every family, who want, can get and register a CoA, however, there are certain rules on how it can be designed, apart from the ancient rules of color and such) for example if your family is not nobility you can (of course) not use coronets and such in the crests.

I've read somewhere that people gets more and more interested in getting CoAs. Maybe it's connected to the fact that people take more interest in history in general.

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Postby CAI » Wed Sep 28, 2005 5:39 am

I'm starting to do a bit of research into my family name and though about making a CoA post - found this one. ... t-arms.htm

Crusader colors :lol:

I am an Ivany, and from Newfoundland...of course English, not sure though, if it's a Irish maybe a Scotish name.

Now..the words on top of the emblem look french so I tried a online translation:

l'amour et l'aunitie = love and the aunitie

I have no idea what aunitie means. I did a french to Engilish translation - but why French? I need to do way more research, i'm sure I have no french background...
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Postby Formendacil » Wed Sep 28, 2005 6:14 am

I'm no French speaker, but perhaps "l'aunite" is "unity" in French? "l'unite" by an old-fashioned spelling...

"Love and Unity" sounds like a typical motto...
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Postby Sir-Boris » Wed Sep 28, 2005 12:02 pm

Well, I found my coat of arms: at the website everyone was getting them from. My families actual CoA is my avatar, and that is what is on my CoA hanging on my wall.

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Postby Recluce » Wed Sep 28, 2005 1:58 pm

For the English, you must prove that you have a direct line of blood through male heirs. That means most of you can't claim your family COA. (I'm a herald, I've done research, even if it was a while ago) My family's name is Brownlow, and if you're in the UK, you've probably heard of it. There was a baron Brownlow, and there is a Brownlow Manor. I've been able to find several different versions of the Brownlow coat of arms. One of the Brownlow family was given desmene over land in Ireland, so there's a seperate COA for that branch of the family (it never went anywhere, everyone was killed). For reasons I haven't explored there is no longer a Baron Brownlow in the UK, so the arms are now mostly seen around the Manor and in a few pubs. My Family arms are pretty simple, per pale or et argent (divided in half, gold and silver(or yellow and white)), an escutchean within an orle of martlets sable (a smaller shield in the middle of the primary shield, and a ring of birds around it, the small shield and birds all black).


Now, the coat of arms I'm using as my avatar is my SCA coat of arms, I designed it myself using the proper conventions and registered it with the society college of heralds. It is unique in our society (and probably even unique in the world). We do not allow certain things in your arms if you haven't earned it (that is to say that certain symbols are restricted), and any official royal heraldry for the various kingdoms and families is also restricted. We have literally thousands of COA's registered, and they all are different and follow the rules of heraldry. Plus, you only get to use them once you have earned your Award of Arms (same thing as in real life, that's how individuals today get new COAs).

Hope that has educated some of you, and if you have any questions or perhaps want help creating a COA for your own CC faction, ask me (Or Freak, he's pretty good at it to). I've also got TONS of heraldic clip art that I use in the SCA, so if you're looking for something in specific, request away!
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Postby LEGOFREAK » Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:59 pm

Recluce wrote: I've also got TONS of heraldic clip art that I use in the SCA, so if you're looking for something in specific, request away!

oooo sounds nice.. any I may have to keep that in mind. :D

(and talk about a dead thread.. where did this one come from? :lol: )
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Postby Damien » Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:07 pm

As I understand it -- my lineage can be traced back to at least a century prior to the Crusades. But that's only rumour as I've never actually taken the time to investigate.

So, due to lack of concern, I have no idea what my family coat of arms might be.
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Postby TwoTonic Knight » Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:58 pm


Of course, that's just who the family can be traced back to on my mother's side (Irish) - I have utterly no right to it, as can be said for 99.99999999% of the family. I have the Leonard and Joyce devices done, too, but not neatly done with cloack and barding yet.

The german side were resolute farmers, so get out those pikes and skewer those snotty ritters. :D
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Postby Bloody Jay » Fri Sep 30, 2005 8:08 pm

I'm descended from two brothers who went on the 2nd Crusade and survived, and were consequently awarded a coat of arms (apparently they pulled the short straw for crests, as our animal is an ostrich). They also got a boss motto: 'Tentanda Via Est', or 'the way must be held'. ;)
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Postby Nick » Fri Sep 30, 2005 9:48 pm

Your coat of arms is similar to the Russian Imperial coat of arms:
, which is used today also.
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Postby eNiGMa » Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:06 pm

I've decided to jump on the bandwagon: ... Cunningham

For those of you who have read Macbeth, Duncan and Malcolm were real people who happened to be Cunninghams. Duncan wasn't really murdered, though; instead, Macbeth killed him in battle!

Another interesting tidbit of Cunningham trivia is that King Arthur's mother and grandfather were Cunninghams. His mom married a Roman, and out popped Arthur!
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Postby Maedhros » Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:33 pm

Hmm....the almighty Lindbärg clan of Värmland doesn´t have a coat-of-arms (no I didn´t expect it)...what a shame.... But it´s cool to see that some people do have real ones.

And Nathan, pardon me but I find your Arthurian origins a bit unbelievable ;)
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