Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

25/8/2004

Free Family Crests Research

Free family crests, heraldry and coats of arms research is what this site is known for. This web site contains rich information on the history and descriptions of heraldry, family crests and coat of arms including: Armorial charges, family crest colors, symbolism of birds and beasts, and coat of arms blazonry.

History of family crests, heraldry and coats of arms

The word Heraldry has long attached itself to that which in earlier times was known as armory, the science of armorial bearings. In all ages and in all quarters of the world distinguishing symbols, or family crests have been adopted by tribes or nations, by families or by chieftains. Greek and Roman poets describe the devices borne on the shields of heroes, and many such painted shields are pictured on antique vases. Rabbinical writers have supported the fancy that the standards of the tribes set up in their camps bore figures devised from the prophecy of Jacob, the ravening wolf for Benjamin, the lion’s whelp for Judah and the ship of Zebulon.

In the East we have such ancient symbols as the five-clawed dragon of the Chinese empire and the chrysanthemum of the emperor of Japan. In Japan, indeed, the systematized badges borne by the noble clans may be regarded as akin to the heraldry and family crests of the West, and the circle with the three leaves of the Tokugawa shoguns has been made as familiar to us by Japanese lacquer and porcelain as the red pellets of the Medici by old Italian fabrics.

For more information go to http://www.2020site.org/heraldry/

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