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In our last blog post, we discussed the family crest meanings for the Stark and Lannister family in Game of Thrones. Today, we’re going to dig a little deeper and look into the family crests of the some of the other families featured in the show.

The Targaryen Family Crest

One of the most exciting family crests in the series is the Targaryen family crest, which features a three-headed red dragon on a black background. This royal family’s claim to fame lies in their pet dragons, which keep unruly citizens as well as their enemies in check.

The most powerful Targaryen, Daenerys, considers herself to be the mother of three dragons, and she has no problem delegating her dirty work to her dragon babies. In the crest, the red color of the dragons symbolizes both passion and bloodshed, which is all too familiar to this family. The black background most likely refers to the darkness of mental illness that haunts this family as well.

The Baratheon Family Crest

This controversial family features a black stag standing on his hind legs inside of a burning red heart on a bright yellow background. Fire is a destructive theme within the Baratheon family, which is the source of deaths for thousands of Baratheon soldiers and family members as well. In mythology, the stag is often associated with the spiritual realm, and Stannis Baratheon in particular was a religious fanatic.

The coat of arms symbols in the series are truly fascinating. If you would like to learn more about the coat of arms design process, contact Fine Legacy today!

 

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Are you not only a history buff with an interest in family crest meanings, but also a fan of Game of Thrones? Let’s talk about some of the different family crests prominent in one of the most popular TV shows in the industry, based upon the much beloved book series by George R.R. Martin.

The Stark Family Crest

The beloved and often down-on-their-luck family on Game of Thrones are associated with wolves. In some of the earliest episodes, each Stark child received a pet direwolf. These loyal pet wolves protected the Starks from great danger, sometimes with deadly consequences. The Stark family crest features a grey direwolf running in a white background, which symbolizes courage and loyalty. The white background represents the snowy landscape of their domain in the North.

The Lannister Family Crest

To many Game of Thrones fans, the Lannister family are the true villains of the show, with the exception of the loyal Tyrion Lannister. This family crest features a gold lion with a bright red background, which is a perfect representation of the Lannisters. The wealthiest and most powerful family in the seven kingdoms, the gold lion symbolizes both their power and their financial status.  Lions are not only powerful creatures, they are prideful and dangerous as well, just like the family they represent. Responsible for many deadly battles, the crimson background accurately links the Lannisters to the bloodshed brought upon their enemies.

We’ve only scratched the surface with these Game of Thrones family crests, so stay tuned for the next blog post about other coats of arms in the show! Are you interested in designing a family crest? Contact Fine Things today for more information!

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Are you a history buff and interested in family crest meanings? Today, we’ll discuss some fun facts about coats of arms that you may not have known previously. Originating in the Middle Ages, family crests were painted onto soldiers’ shields during battle so that they could distinguish their allies from their enemies. Because knights wore helmets with face shields, they needed a way to identify their friends and enemies. These paintings identified the family one belonged to.

From Crests to “Coats of Arms”

Not only did warriors paint crests onto their shield, but they also sewed the crests into their tunics, which is how the term “coat of arms” originated. Additionally, warriors began painting crests on their banners as well.

Records of Coats of Arms

As coats of arms gained popularity, people began keeping records of the symbols used so that no two families shared the same coat of arms. The large number of knights and banners created a need for heralds, the record-keepers of the different banners. Soon, the government enacted a law that mandated that all coats of arms be registered with the government.

Colors and Shapes

As a result of the spreading popularity of coats of arms, different colors and geometric shapes were incorporated into crests in order to display the social status of each family. Different colors represented different meanings, and were associated with certain families.

Are you fascinated by family crest meanings? Fine legacy works with many different coat of arms symbols and meanings, and we would love to create a special family crest just for you!

 

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Shortly before Kate Middleton married Prince William, her father commissioned a coat of arms for her, representing the Middleton family.  This beautiful heraldic design incorporates design elements from both the history of the Middletons as well as their the places they love. Let’s explore the meaning behind this family crest:

Acorns

The coat of arms features three acorns, which tie into the Middleton’s English heritage. An acorn grows into a magnificent oak tree, which is a traditional symbol of England. Oak trees grow in abundance in West Berkshire, the area in which the Middletons raised their children. The three individual acorns represent Kate, her sister, Pippa, and her brother, James.

The Tied Ribbon

Keep in mind that this coat of arms was created shortly before Kate married William, so this untied ribbon actually symbolizes that Kate is an unmarried woman. The untied ribbon ties in with the shape of the design with scalloped edges, which again signifies that Kate is an unmarried woman.

The Gold Chevron

The gold chevron incorporates design elements referencing matriarch Carol Middleton’s maiden name, Goldsmith. The Middleton family’s love of mountains is symbolized through the peaked shape of the Chevron.

Red and Blue

The artist incorporated the colors red and blue into the coat of arms for two reasons. The red and the blue meet in the middle, which could be referred to as the “ middle tone,” which references the Middleton family name. These two colors also distinguish this design from a similar coat of arms from many centuries ago.

Would you like to create a coat of arms for your family or learn more about family crest meanings? Contact Fine Legacy today!

The Heraldic Meanings Behind the Emblems on a Family Crest

In a continuing effort to educate our customers on the symbolism behind the items in a coat of arms, we are moving forward with our comprehensive listing of these symbols and the meaning behind them. After last month’s blog ended with those more commonly-used emblems that begin with the letter B, we’ll begin this one with C and move on from there. Though every family, corporation or country has the right and freedom to choose any figure or image in the creation of a coat of arms or family crest, these lists are compiled of those that have heraldic symbolism.

C

Camel –  Serves as a symbol of temperance, patience and perseverance

Castle – Representative of home, safety and spiritual strength

Cat – Symbolic of courage, liberty or vigilance

Cock (rooster) – Denotes that the bearer of the coat of arms is a hero who has fought in battle with courage

Crescent Moon – A symbol of hope

Cross – Christianity, faith or service in the Crusades

Crow – A watchful guardian of friends

Crown – A symbol of sovereignty or success

Cypress tree – Representative of death and eternal life

D

Dog – Serves as a symbol of courage or loyalty

Dolphin – Represents diligence, charity or love

Dove – A symbol of the holy spirit or the soul. Can also stand for peace and purity

Dragon – Considered the guardian of treasures and the bravest of all creatures

Duck – Symbolizes a person of many resources

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Eagle – Representative of a person of high intellect, ingenuity. In Christianity, the eagle represents salvation and redemption. A two-headed eagle is a protector.

Elephant – Symbolic of strength, stature, wisdom, courage or ambition.

Falcon or Hawk – Shows someone who is goal oriented and is diligent in the pursuit of a goal.

Feathers – Show a serenity of mind and willing obedience

Fish – Represents bravery and steadfastness

Fireball – Represents one who has survived terror or danger while in battle

Fleur-de-lis – The “flower of light” most often represents purity and light

Fox – Symbolic of wit, wisdom and ingenuity

 

 

 

What is a Coat of Arms?

Posted by Fine Legacy on September 08, 2016
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The Storied History of the Creation of a Coat of Arms

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First appearing during medieval times, a coat of arms was a personalized design that appeared on the shield of a medieval knight. That unique design was made up of heraldic symbols that represented the achievements of that person. Only that individual held the rights to use or display his coat of arms but in the event of the knight’s death, his descendants inherited those rights; at which time it became the family crest. According to ancestralfindings.com, the Bayeux Tapestry reveals the first documented use of a coat of arms. Dating from the 11th century, the tapestry is said to chronicle the Norman invasion of England. In it, the knights are shown as holding shields with crosses and other heraldic symbols on them. These insignia were the earliest forms of coats of arms.

Going into battle, many 12th century knights and lords used a coat of arms to display their achievements. Later on into the next century, these knights descendants flew those same coats of arms as flags over their ancestral lands or castles. It was only by inherited right that a family was permitted to use the coat of arms, with that permission being granted by the ruling king of the time. Once granted the right, a family could then pass down the family crest from generation to generation.

Modern Uses of a Coat of Arms

Later, nations and even private companies adopted the use of a coat of arms. They are meant to display the legacy and achievements of that organization but is not necessarily tied to any heraldic lineage. These type of logos are governed by copyright and can only be used by that company or country or with permission from said entity.

Today, nothing prevents individuals and families from creating their own coat of arms as it would be difficult to determine if you were entitled to use one of ancient lineage. Though there is a minute chance that your family still has the inherited right to use an ancient coat of arms, it is the very rare case that an average citizen would belong to a line that has their original coat of arms.

In an effort to help families re-establish pride in family heritage, we work hand-in-hand with each of our valued clients throughout the process of coat of arms creation. Striving to ensure that the achievements and characteristics of that family are represented in accordance with the rules of heraldry, our goal is to create a family crest that can be passed down to future generations with pride. Don’t fall for that pre-generated coat of arms that other online companies claim to belong to your family. We’ll work with you to design and create a coat of arms you’ll be proud to call your own.

Find out more about creating a coat of arms and Fine Legacy by filling out our online form or by calling us at 619-929-0358.

The Colors of a Coat of Arms

Posted by Fine Legacy on September 08, 2016
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The Heraldic Symbolism Captured in a Coat of Arms

Adding so much more than mere design or a touch of flair, color on a coat of arms actually helps to establish its legacy. Though the meanings may change slightly between cultures, color adds an important element to any family crest or coat of arms.  Heraldic colors are those that signify certain family traits or characteristics that are important to the lineage. When choosing colors to adorn your coat of arms, understanding what they denote is important to the entire creation. Though the meanings of colors vary from what they may have signified thousands of years ago, many still hold the same symbolic weight they did when crests were first created.

Heraldic colors signify the following:

  • RED – Passion, a strong will to survive or take action, confidence.
  • ORANGE – Optimistic outlook, happiness, emotional strength, enthusiasm.
  • YELLOW – Happiness, new ideas, a bright mind.
  • GREEN – Balance, independence, peace, wealth, endurance.
  • BLUE – Trust, loyalty, peace, integrity, confidence.
  • PURPLE – Sincerity, Responsibility, Integrity.
  • Pink – Nurturing, unconditional love.
  • Brown – Serious, down to earth, protection, material wealth
  • Gray – Solid, calm, composure.
  • Black – Secretive and hidden, mystery.
  • White – Perfectionism, purity, innocence.

Of course, with a coat of arms being exclusive to your family, you can choose its representative colors in any manner you choose. At Fine Legacy, we create custom coats of arms that follow the rules of heraldry, dating back almost 900 years. Using colors, helmets, symbols and meaningful mottos, we create family crests that are unique to yours and its legacy. Our goal is deliver you a crest that you’ll be proud to possess and display while delivering a level of customer service that is unparalleled in the field. Find out more about having a coat of arms commissioned exclusively for you by contacting our team now at 619-929-0358 or by using our online form.

 

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