Do we have names from all over the world on our data
over the world. We have the largest library of its kind in the
world with access to information on millions of other names.
While the majority of names on our data base tend to be European
origin we do have Asian, Middle Eastern and African-American
names as well.
Can I preview my Family Names History or Coat of Arms on the
web site before ordering?
A. Preview History and Coat of Arms!
Please note not all Names on our data base are
listed in the preview.
This is a new feature and we are adding names daily.
Are the Family Name Histories authentic?
A. Yes, each of our Family Name Histories has been individually
researched at the specific request of a customer. Each fact
contained in our family name history has been inserted because of
its relevance to that particular family name. Click here to find
out Where our information comes from
What is a Coat of Arms?
A. A Coat of Arms is an identifying mark or heraldic
form of identification dating back to the European
middle ages. The practice has its origins in the
necessity to enable identification on the battlefield and
out of this it developed, in parallel, into a
form of military or other types of distinguished
recognition for individuals, families, organizations
or institutions. The actual coat of arms itself is
composed of a blazon
of arms ( in the shape of a shield ) containing specific
artwork ( charges) in a combination of nine heraldic
colors and metals
( Or- yellow/gold, Azure- blue, Argent, white/silver,
Sable – black, Vert – green,Gules- red, Purple,
Orange and Brown).
This blazon is traditionally surmounted by a helmet
on which is displayed the crest ( which
may be related to the charges of the blazon).
This combination is further enhanced by heraldic
supporters such as unicorns, or lions and a mantle
purporting to represent the clock worn by a
knight which generally carries the predominant
colors contained in the blazon.
What is the difference between a Coat of Arms and
A. Many people call the Coat of Arms a Crest.
The crest itself is found on the top of the
helmet and most likely represented a symbol of a
military leader. The history of the crest is somewhat
obscure and most of the early Coat of Arms have
no crest, and those that do are probably of a
later time. In the heraldry of some nations, the crest is
absent and only a plain helmet is employed.
Does Every name have a Coat of Arms?
A. No, not every family name has a coat of arms.
If our research has been unable to verify a Coat
of Arms associated with a particular name, or a variant
of that name, it is normal practice to make
reference to the arms of the country of origin of the particular name.
Can a name have more than one Coat of Arms?
A. Yes,there are often more than one Coat of Arms
displayed with a particular family name.
Different branches of a family or a
particular individual bearer of a name may often have been
granted their own Coat of Arms. Our research normally makes
reference to the earliest Coat of Arms associated with the
Is it possible to establish when and where a
particular Coat of Arms has been granted and to whom?
A. Yes,however, not all source references
give this much information regarding the
granting of a Coat of Arms
Is it possible to get ones own unique
Coat of Arms?
A. Yes, Coats of Arms for individuals or organizations
are still granted ( on payment of a fee and subject
to an evaluation procedure ) by some chief heralds or
heraldic colleges around the world.
What is the delivery time for products?
A. Delivery dates are as follows: Name Histories and
Color Prints, graphic items (on our data base) framed or
unframed are out within the week. Hand Crafted items
like the Rings,
Embroideries, Hand-Painted items are special
ordered and can take up to 12 weeks.
Any name history research,translation, or Coat
of Arms research takes up to 8-12 months.
Please see specific product for approximate ship date.
For more specific information go to our Delivery page.
Are our products available worldwide?
A. Yes, However the shipping and handling rates
listed on the product pages are for US Customers.
We can and do ship around the world. We will
advise overseas customers of shipping rates to any location.
What is our return policy?
A. We offer a complete refund on any name research or
coat of arms research where we are unable to find
anything on the name. Any special order item or hand
crafted item is not refundable.
In the event there is a problem with the item
such as damage due to shipping, etc. we will have
it replaced. Name Histories with typo’s or wrong origin
will also be replaced. S&H is not Refundable.
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