Coat of Arms and Surname History



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6 best websites for tracing your Welsh ancestors like Greg Davies

Our friends at Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine have kindly provided the following article, with great tips and links on tracing your Welsh ancestry. To discover more on how to trace your own family’s history, why not visit the Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine website here. We also have An EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL OFFER - £5 issue for just £5.

Creative ways to address to unique issues faced by retailers in historic attractions

In an increasingly competitive environment, heritage retailers face challenges that are unique to the sector. There are many problems faced by retailers in historic attractions and this article addresses how some have found inventive ways to have overcome them.

Tracing your Irish roots

At Hall of Names, we have many visitors to our website, hoping to discover more about their Celtic roots and the meaning and history of their Irish name.

Our database has over a million surname histories, including many thousands of Irish surnames and 'sept histories'.

The do's and don't of retail in the heritage sector

Every retailer wants to ensure that their space is working as well as it can, and nowhere is this more important than in the heritage sector, where product choice is not just about profit and loss, but about ensuring the long-term viability of an historic site.

The significance of colour in coats of arms and heraldry

Have you recently purchased a coat of arms and surname history print from us? Hopefully you will have enjoyed seeing the earliest coat of arms associated with a bearer of your name. But did you know that each colour has a deeper meaning and significance?

There are only seven colours in heraldry. Have a look the list below to discover more about the heraldic colours, with the term used to describe them, and their symbolic meanings.

Red (Gules) = Military fortitude and magnanimity

Artistic interpretation in heraldry and coats of arms

The heraldic artist has a formidable challenge. He or she may enjoy considerable freedom within certain limits, but there are objects within a coat of arms that may not be altered.

For example, the crest, the colors on the coat of arms, and the symmetry may not be changed. Unfortunately, attempts by layman and even some commercial graphic artists often result in some classic mistakes or incongruities within the coat of arms.

Does my family name have a Coat of Arms?

Are you wondering if your family surname has its own specific coat of arms? We are often asked by customers if they have their own family coat of arms, and if our surname histories relate to their own specific branch of the family name.

It helps to understand the basics of how heraldry is created for individuals. The following is a brief guide to help you.

Coats of Arms

The Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings

The Battle of Hastings is an event that is firmly etched into the history of the British Isles, and the year of 1066 is arguably the best known in English history.

This massively significant battle resulted in the death of King Harold, and the war period itself is known as the Norman Conquest.

Here are a few interesting facts about the battle, which took place on the morning of the 14th October, 1066.

1) The English army was led by King Harold, on Senlac hill, where the Abbey and town of Battle now stand.

Autumn symbolism on coats of arms and heraldry

The rich imagery of Autumn features on many coats of arms, and heraldic symbols often include animals and plants that we associate with Autumn, ‘the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’

Here are some of the more commonly-found symbolic images that can be found on coats of arms.


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