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Does Every Surname Have A Family Crest?


Family crest and coat of arms are often used interchangeably in the world of genealogy artifacts, but the truth is that this isn’t quite correct. As we detailed in a past post about the difference in meanings behind family crests and coats of arms, they are not two separate things but rather one is an essential element of the other. Most coats of arms include a “crest” above the helm, often an animal or some other symbol that’s important to the family.

What Is A Family Crest, Anyway?


Also, the term “family crest” isn’t quite accurate either. While crests are an essential elements of the coat of arms associated with a particular family, it’s common for many different surnames to choose similar crests. The crest is just one symbolic element of the coat of arms, and not necessarily unique to one family. So it’s just a “crest,” not a “family crest.”

Now that we’ve got that little bit of semantic confusion out of the way, let’s try to answer what we think the real question is here. That is, “Does every surname have its own coat of arms?” You see, when most people first contact Fine Legacy, they’re interested in recreating a coat of arms that they feel belongs to their name. They’re seeking unity and a sense of respect for their family lineage. While these are noble causes, it’s important to remember that coats of arms were historically bestowed upon individuals, not surnames. That means that two men sharing a last name could march under the banner of two very different coats of arms. It’s interesting to note, however, that even though coats of arms could vary between surnames, the crest included in each one tends to be passed down through generations.

Does My Family Have A Coat Of Arms?

It should be clear now that the answer to this question is a resounding, “maybe.” While it’s very possible that someone in your family has already gone through the trouble of researching past coats of arms used by your family, the truth is this may not have happened in centuries. Also, while it’s not what you’ll hear from the guy selling coats of arms at the mall kiosk, there’s no such thing as just ONE coat of arms for a surname. So even if your name is Brown, it’s completely possible that there are multiple coats of arms and family crests associated with your surname.

If You Don’t Like Your Family Crest Or Coat Of Arms, We Can Change It!

All of this somewhat confusing information is simply to let you know that if you can’t find a crest or coat of arms for your family tree, Fine Legacy can help you create one. Since the dawn of the practice, coats of arms have always been commissioned which means you’re completely free to tell us what elements you want in your crest or coat of arms, and we’ll design it!

Find out the unique sense of pride and belonging that can come from creating a symbol that represents your historical roots, as well as where you hope to lead your family some day. Contact Fine Legacy today.

3 Reasons To Find Your Family Crest This Holiday Season


The holiday season is upon us, which means that many people have already begun making their shopping lists and checking them twice. First, you have to decide which friends and family members will be receiving gifts from you this year. Then, you’ll have to decide which gift will bring them the most joy.

At Fine Legacy, we’d like to invite you to think outside the Big Box stores this year. Sure, it’s really easy to hop online, grab a few of the “safe” gifts that people give their Mom, Dad, Uncle, Ant, or Cousin this time of year, punch in your credit card number (springing for the professional wrapping, of course), and call it a day. But think of how much more joy you could spread by finding your family crest and giving a meaningful present that your loved ones will treasure forever?

Many Gifts Are Temporary, Your Family Crest Is Forever

These days, everyone seems to be clamoring for flashy technology and sexy devices. These gifts are expensive and quite amazing, but their luster doesn’t last very long. Not to mention that they’re almost completely devoid of any significant meaning. Unless you just really have a thing for planned obsolescence. Unlike these gifts, which quickly lose their value as well as their appeal, finding your family crest will be a meaningful adventure. At its end, you’ll have a family heirloom that can be passed down through the generations, just like the original family crests from medieval times.

Inspiring The True Sentiment Of The Season

Though it has been completely taken over by consumerism as of late, one could argue that the true meaning of the season–gratitude, generosity, love for family–is perfectly supported by the act of finding your family crest. Here are just a few things that our clients tell us they often experience during and after the process of finding their family crest.

When You Find Your Family Crest You Will…


Remember Where You Came From

The most important element of finding your family crest revolves around understanding your lineage. This means diving deep into your family tree, discovering where your ancestors came from and what they did there. After all, if they never found a way to make it out of the Middle Ages, you and those you love probably wouldn’t exist!

Spark Interesting Conversations

Politics, religion, your niece’s newest tattoo, none of these things make for good conversation around the holiday dinner table. However, when you find your family crest with help from Fine Legacy, you’ll have a conversation piece that everyone can get excited about!

Meaningful Fine Art For Your Home

Sure, you could go to Target and grab a piece of commercially-produced “art” for your living room, but when you find your family crest, it’s an opportunity to decorate your home with something much more meaningful.

We hope this post has inspired you to find your own family crest in anticipation of the holidays. Reconnect over something valuable and meaningful instead of wasting your money on another present that will be obsolete before its warranty expires. Contact Fine Legacy today!

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