Coat of Arms and Surname History


19 Jul 2017

UK retailers report record sales of surname history prints.

We are proud to sell our coats of arms and surname histories at some of the UK's most prestigious historic attractions. Up and down the country, our retailers are gearing up for the busy summer season, and our coats of arms surname history prints are proving more popular than ever!

Director Wendy Spencer explains the appeal of the prints: "Many people nowadays are interested in their family history and love to discover more about...

Family Tree Magazine battlefield tour
05 Jul 2017

There’s something very special about visiting the places relevant to your ancestors’ lives, and none more so than the battlefields on which they lived, fought and died in the First World War.

Now, working in association with Battlefield PartnershipsFamily Tree is running a battlefield tour this October led by Andy Robertshaw (Trench Detectives) and Mark Smith (Militaria Expert – The Antiques Roadshow),...

26 Jun 2017

If you love Living History, then you'll love the Chalke Valley History Festival! Beginning today June 26th  and on until July 2nd in Broad Chalke, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, this is an event not to be missed. There really is something for every Living History enthusiast! Check out for details.

The Chalke Valley History Festival began in 2011 on a small scale and as a fundraiser for the local cricket club. Club stalwart and historian James Holland had...

15 May 2017

Here at Hall of Names, we love to work with people and organisations that are as passionate about family history and genealogy as we are!

We love to hear the family stories of people that call us for surname history prints, and it's great to give something back.

This week, Family Tree Magazine, one of the UK's premier resources for the family history enthusiast, have kindly given us a FREE...

09 May 2017

Hall of Names surname histories are sold at many outlets across Scotland and we have many customers that live in or love to visit this beautiful country. We are thrilled to learn therefore, that our friends at Scotland Magazine have launched this year's 'Photo Challenge'. 

Here, Scotland Magazine Editor Christopher Coates explains more about this great photography competition:

"Following on from our immensely successful 2016 Photo Challenge, we are launching this...

26 Apr 2017

Ever wondered about the history of your name, where it originated and whether it has any associated heraldry? Visitors to historic Edinburgh Castle can now discover all about their surname and its earliest known coat of arms.

Our retailer in Scotland, Colin Hope, has recently set up Hall of Names within the stunning setting of Edinburgh Castle, and customers are loving the prints.

"Within just ten minutes of opening, four customers had purchased a surname history...

20 Apr 2017

At Hall of Names, we love bringing people together and we are delighted to bring you news of this year's Kelly Clan Gathering.

The International Gathering which is supported by Clare County Council takes place on the weekend of 19-21 May at The Armada Hotel in Spanish Point, Co Clare. 

Joining Kellys from world-wide locations at their Gathering this year will be the American Author, Tonii Marie Kelly.  Tonii Marie Kelly, who hails from Florida, has written several books...

10 Apr 2017

Yet again we had a busy year at Who Do You Think You Are? Live!, the show at Birmingham’s NEC for family history enthusiasts and genealogists.

As ever, our stand was busy with customers keen to find out all about their surname history and coats of arms. One particular customer turned out to be featured as a ‘notable’ person on her own surname history print!

This was retired Commodore Carolyn J Stait, of the British Royal Navy. Between 2004 and 2007, she was the first woman to command a Naval Base in Britain...

07 Apr 2017

It's that time of year again when Who Do You Think You Are? Live! comes to Birmingham's NEC.

As usual, we are exhibiting and would love to welcome you at our stand, number 26. So far, the show has been a busy one for us.

Director Peter Horsler said "We always look forward to the show and welcoming faces old and new. Today, I met a lady who visited our stand last year. She loved our coats of arms and surname history prints so much that she bought 26!"

You too will be able to check for your own surname in one of our...

We want YOUR stories!
04 Apr 2017

Ever sat down and watched TV shows like 'Who Do You Think You Are?' and 'Long Lost Family'. Chances are you have. But have you ever thought 'my family story is just as interesting as that!'

We want to share your stories on our news and facebook page.

To find out more, email or call 01984 632120 for a friendly chat.