Coat of Arms what is it? This is one of the top questions we get in our shows. To explain what they are is simply a powerful family symbol that is passed down through generations from the original bearer. Coat of Arms were commonly used throughout the 11–17th centuries, and are used as a meaningful reminder of family ancestors from the past, present, and into the future.

The symbolism in the design of a family coat of arms or crest (as they are sometime called) can tell you about the original bearers’ achievements and status in society—a real testament to a family’s legacy.

Unfortunately, Not every name was granted a coat of arms. Most commonly, only nobility or high-class families in medieval Europe had them because they were granted by kings to recognize achievements.

Knight on Horseback getting ready to joust
Knight getting ready to joust at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

The symbols in a Coat of Arms are used to identify families or individuals. Much like we use a signature today. It is a detailed design that often includes a shield, crest, helmet, motto or country of origin, and supporters that is placed on either side of the shield. The image could be used as a whole, or the crest can be used as a simplified symbol used as a clan badge,etc.

Hand Painted Coat of Arms
Hand Painted Copper Shield

Coats of arms can help you learn a lot about your ancestry. They were intended to recognize achievements and so the design can provide insight into your family’s legacy. They’re also passed down through generations and carry the history of the family with them. Click here to see if we have your name on our data base. If you find your name you will also be able to see the original Coat Of Arms granted to that name.

We offer authentic and thoroughly researched family crests which are referred to as Coat of Arms. We have access to the largest Family Name History database in the World covering over 1 Million family Names.Our artists will faithfully reproduce the Coat of Arms as it appeared centuries ago so you can proudly display this source of Family Pride!