Are you tracing the origins of your family history? Wondering to yourself, “how do I find my family coat of arms“, or maybe “how do I find my family crest“?
Trust me when I say that discovering what your arms, or crest, looks like is really interesting as you discover the meaning of the symbols and what it means to your family.
First, let me say that I cannot possibly list all of the different coat of arms in this post. There are literally 1,000s of them!
For that reason I have listed below 3 sources where you can find yours and also discover the origins of these fascinating ‘logos‘.
Find Your Coat of Arms!
- House of Names – Cool products featuring your coat of arms. Offers free shipping on T-shirts, cups, hats, glassware and more. There is also FREE stuff offered on their site as well.
- Amazon Guide Books – Great guides to introduce you to the world of heraldry. These two fully illustrated books reviewed in this post will discuss both the origins and how the coat of arms developed. These you will definitely want to own these two books if you love heraldry.
- COADB.com – This site not only offers products with your coat of arms but also help you to research your family’s heraldry. One of the impressive products that I like are the 3D sculptures.
Before beginning your search!
In these two posts I discuss the origins, the different parts and also the symbols that a coat of arms is made up of.
6 parts to a coat of arms!
It is one thing that to know what your family arms looks like but to understand all the different parts really makes it more fascinating, (well to me it does anyway).
Once you have understood what a coat of arms is all about you can then know what you are looking for.
You can then find the answer to your question, “what is my family coat of arm“, (or rather “what is my family crest“).
And therefore make sense of the design of your coat of arms.
Check out the designs in person!
Both of these organizations maintain a record of all the coats of arms that have been registered within the respected country. They will be able to help you with your search.
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House of Names – Really Cool Products With Your Coat of Arms!
The first option available to you is the House of Names website, which operates from Canada. This site is great as it will show you how to find your family crest.
They are an independent resource that offers both family crest and coat of arms products. These range from the usual T-shirts to your coat of arms on cups and mugs
Why buy from House of Names?
- Free shipping is offered to residents of North America if the order is over $85 US.
- International shipping, however there is a delay of 5-10 weeks, so bare this in mind when ordering from overseas.
- All products are given a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if you are not satisfied with the quality, condition or workmanship then you can return the product.
- Return shipping charges may apply unless there has been an order error or error in shipping.
Please note: This site will offer you a single coat of arms heraldry design for your surname. This is despite that arms are inherited through the family tree and symbols are usually added by descendants.
What can you discover from House of Names?
Research has been carried out since 1968 by the in-house team to deliver to you the oldest known version of your family’s coat of arms.
Bare in mind though that therefore there is no such thing as a unique coat of arms for a surname.
There is just so many different products for you to chose from. What I find particularly cool is that you can have the history of your surname or coat of arms.
This you can easily download as a PDF file.
The plaques with your coat of arms and the history of your name is a great gift for a loved one who is into their genealogy.
- Mouse Pads
- Glassware and Steins
- Shirts and Apparel
- Coffee Mugs
Easy shopping experience!
The House of Names is site has a fresh look and is very user-friendly. You can find out all about your name from its history to notable people who share your last name.
I even discovered people who worked and died on the Titanic that have my last name. Although they were no relation to me it was still an interesting find.
It will also list the different spellings of your surname. This is particularly useful for when you are checking either online or offline databases.
Sometimes we can’t find any records of our ancestors so checking under a different name may prove helpful. It has for me in the past.
So, a list of different spellings for your name can be quite helpful.
What is available at House of Names?
I have already discussed a sample of the products that you can find on this site. So, besides a history of your surname that you can have on a plaque or in a PDF you can also have your family crest or coat of arms on any product of your choosing.
These products you can find by searching the menu at the top of the site. There are six different options for you to chose from.
Options available to you:
- Home products
- Gifts, and even
- Free Stuff
The House of Names sites allows you to sign in, check your basket, search for and add any product, and ultimately pay with any of the major cards or even PayPal.
But the free section of the site I love!
Get free stuff at House of Names!
There are coloring booklets that you can download which will give the kids endless fun coloring in.
They can color in castles, shields, animals, mythical creatures and other symbols that you will find on a coat of arms.
There is also a blank family tree form that you can download. So, whether you want to use this or give to your kids the choice is up to you.
Both of these are great ways to get the kids involved in ancestry.
There is also a Design your Coat of Arms booklet that you can download and print out. There are 11 designs that you can color in, or rather your kids can color in.
It’s just another cool way to get the kids involved and get interested in your family history. I love this bit of the site and have printed these out for my child.
She has endless fun with her coloring pens.
Amazon – Two Great Books That Can Guide You!
Before I begin to tell you how to find your coat of arms I want to share with you two interesting and useful books that I have found on Amazon.
They are both packed full of illustrations and comprise more than 200 pages each.
They are also both very recent books, so there is little chance of them running out of stock.
So if you love all the different symbols or just want to know the history behind it all then these books are for you!
The Illustrated Book of Heraldry:
An International History of Heraldry and Its Contemporary Uses
This book is a great introduction for anyone who is interested in heraldry.
Although the text maybe small to read for some it is easy to comprehend and is chocked full of information as well as a ton of illustrations.
In this book the origins and the development of the coat of arms are discussed.
It starts with the explanation that these arms were used to help distinguish between warriors during battle.
The book then covers its uses in the modern world.
|The Illustrated Book of Heraldry|
|Edition||June 15, 2013|
|Where to Buy||Amazon|
|Also available for Amazon Prime customers!|
There is also a useful glossary at the back so that if you do get stuck with the wording then you can then refer to the back to help you.
Please note: This book is identical to the The Complete Book of Heraldry that was published ten years earlier in 2003.
Heraldry: Understanding Signs and Symbols
This is a go to book for anyone who is interested in the subject of heraldry and is a great starting point.
With this book you will explore the complex imagery and its fascinating history.
You will learn the basics of heraldry from when these symbols were first used.
|Heraldry: Understanding Signs and Symbols|
|Book Type||Spiral Bound|
|Edition||January 20, 2013|
|Where to Buy||Amazon|
|Also available for Amazon Prime customers!|
This book will also help you to understand the many different variations of designs that we see today.
Real coats of arms will be examined and will be broken down into their significant parts. From here you will learn what each part means.
COADB.com – Even More Cool Products To Check Out!
A fairly new website but has potential to be the world’s largest online heraldry database. The Coat of Arms Database has at present 9,500 unique arms listed on the website.
Their goal is to amass more that 250,000 different coats of arms!
Simple searching at COADB.com!
Searching for your family name is quite straightforward on this site. You just enter your name in the search box and click the search button.
Alternatively you can search for a surname by letter.
This will then bring up a list of all the surnames for that letter that have a coat of arms in the database.
If your search is not successful then you will be presented with a list of similar surnames. Below that then there is a form that you can fill in requesting for assistance.
COADB.com offers a genealogy research package for $159. For this price a genealogist will research your surname, and your ancestors, and can start to build your family tree for you.
If you have more money to spend then they also offer more elaborate research packages as well.
Buy products with your coat of arms on!
You can purchase your coat of arms on a range of products, which include t-shirts, mugs, posters, cuff links, and more.
In fact you can chose from over 100 different products for your arms to be featured on. You can also buy a JPG image as well for only $12.99.
A 3D Coat of Arms sculpture or plaque is also available to purchase. Both of these are made from high density urethane (HDU) and come with a brass finish.
They do range though between $1,600 and $2,600. But they do look very impressive, especially if you want to impress any visitors.
COADB.com also offer hand painted coat of arms using acrylics on either canvas or paper. There are three different sizes to chose from 12×16, 16×20 or 24×30 inches.
These pictures range in price from $1,500 to $2,100. Although they have a hefty price tag they will really stand out above the fireplace or wherever you may chose to hang it.
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