Q. Do we carry out Genealogy Research?
A. No, the practice of researching the origins of family names
is called ONOMASTICS whereas GENEALOGY
is a research into the origins or ancestry of your
own family.
However the outline of the history of the origin of
your own family names is often a good place to
begin to research your genealogy in that it may offer
useful pointers to the country or locality in which the
name was originally found in addition to other useful
information, such as bearers of the name and migration information.
Do we have names from all over the world on our data
A. We currently have over a million family names from all
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!
Click Here!

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.

If you have a question that is
not addressed here please
e-mail us.