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Aberthol – “sacrifice”.
Accalon – a champion from Gaul and the lover of Morgan le Fay in the Arthurian sagas. They plotted to steal Excalibur, but Merlin helped Arthur to beat Accalon in battle.
Adda – Welsh version of Adam, “of the red earth”.
Addolgar – “devout”.
Adwr – “coward”.
Aedd – from the Irish aedh “fire”; also a name of a king of Ireland. Shortened form of Aeddan.
Aeddan – Welsh form of Aidan.
Aglovale – son of King Pellinore, who Lancelot accidentally killed when Lancelot rescued Guinevere.
Alawn – “harmony”.
Albanwr – “one from Scotland”.
Alun – Welsh; possibly cognate of Alan. Also a river name in Wales spelled Alyn.
Alwyn – Welsh version of Alvin, “friend of all”; also the name of a river in Wales.
Amaethon – name of the son of the goddess Donn in Welsh legends.
Amerawdwr – from a word meaning “emperor”.
Amhar – name of a son of Arthur in obscure Welsh legends.
Amlawdd – name of the father of Goleuddydd in Welsh tales.
Amren – name of the son od Bedwyr in Welsh Arthurian sagas.
Amynedd – “patient”. Amyneddgar.
Andras – Welsh form of Andrew.
Andreas – Welsh form of Andrew.
Aneirin – “honorable” or “golden”; of uncertain original derivation. Original form Neirin, with the “A” added in the 13th C; may be derived from Irish Gaelic nári “noble, modest”. The name also appears in Welsh mythology. Aneurin (modern form), pet form Nye.
Anfri – “disgrace”.
Angawdd – name of the son of Caw in legends.
Angor – form the Welsh word for “anchor”.
Anir – listed as a son of King Arthur in the sagas; vaguely hinted in the stories that he was killed by Arthur and buried in Wales at Licat Amir. Amr.
Anwar – “wild”.
Anwas – name of the father of Twrch in ancient legends.
Anwell – from the word for “beloved”. Anwil.
Anwir – “liar”.
Anynnawg – legendary name of the son of Menw.
Anyon – from the Welsh word for “anvil”.
Ap- – one of the prefixes used to denote “son of”, as is “O” in Ireland and “Mac” in Ireland and Scotland.
Arawn – (AR-awn) in mythology, the god of Annwn (an-OON), the Underworld, but not associated with terror or eternal punishment. It later became the underground kingdom of the dead.
Ardwyad – “protector”.
Arglwydd – from the word meaning “lord”.
Arian – “silver”; masculine version of Arianrhod.
Arianwyn – (ah-ree-AHN-win) from Welsh arian “silver” + gwyn “shining, holy”.
Arthur – (AHR-thir) from Celtic artos “bear”, poss. from Latin name Artorius. Name of the legendary king and culture hero of the Welsh, Cornish, and Bretons. Arthwr, Arthvawr.
Arvel – “wept over”.
Avagdu – “utter darkness”; son of the goddess Cerridwen and god Tegid Foel. Afagddu, Morfran (great crow).
Avaon – in Welsh tradition, the name of Taliesin’s son.
Awstin – from the Welsh word for “august”; also a version of Austin, a contracted form of the Latin Augustinus.

Baddon – “one from Baddon”.
Barri – (BAHR-ee) prob. from Welsh bar “mound, summit, dune”; perhaps from the word for “boar”. Island of Barry off Glamorgan coast is named for the 6th C. hermit, St. Barri, who took refuge there. The island became a popluar pilgrimage destination after his death.
Barris – “son of Harry”. Barrys.
Baudwin – one of the later Knights of the Round Table, he came from Brittany ans was a very skilled surgeon. He survived the battle of Camlan, and became a hermit.
Beda – Welsh version of Bede, a famous monk and historian.
Bedwyr – name of one of King Arthur’s companions to whom he sometimes entrusted Excalibur.
Bedyw – name of the son of Seithved in legends.
Beli – name of an Irish sun god, also known in Wales. In later tales, Beli was the brother-in-law of the Virgin Mary. The original Beli was connected closely with the druids and their rituals. Beltane is his festival, May 1. Beli Mawr, Belenus, Belinus.
Bellieus – a Knight of the Round Table who fought Lancelot over an incident with his wife.
Benedigeidfram – “blessed”; applied to the god Bran. A giant in Welsh mythology, Bran the Blessed was brother to the goddess Branwen.
Bercelak – known as the Green Knight in Arthurian stories.
Berth – name of the son of Cadwy in legends.
Berwyn – the son of Kerenhyr in ancient tales.
Beven – “son of Evan” or “youthful”.
Blair – “place”. Blayre, Blaire.
Blaise – Merlin’s mysterious teacher, he lived in Northumberland.
Blathaon – legendary name of the son of Mwrheth.
Bleddyn – (BLETH-in) from Welsh blaidd “wolf” + dim. suffix -yn. Related Welsh wolf names: Bledri (BLED-ree): blaidd + rhi “king”. The slang name Wolf was applied to both warriors and outlaws in Wales.
Bledri – (BLED-ree) from Welsh blaidd “wolf” + rhi “king” = “leader of the warriors or outlaws”.
Bleidd – (BLAYTH) “wolf”.
Bleiddian (BLATH-yahn): blaidd “wolf” + -ian, verbal ending, “one who goes wolfing, i.e. looting, raiding”.
Bogart – “bof” or “marshland”; a name in both Ireland and Wales.
Bors – son of the king of Benoic and cousin to Lancelot. He was one of the best Knights of the Round Table along with Galahad and Perceval.
Bowen – “son of Owen”. Bowie, Bowe.
Brac – “free”.
Brad – from the word for “treason”.
Bradwen – name of the son of Moren in ancient legends.
Bradwr – “traitor”; variant of Brad.
Braen – “corrupt”.
Bran – (BRAN) from Welsh for “raven” or “crow”. Famous bearer-Bran Bendigeidfran (Bran the Blessed) in the Second Branch of the Mabinogi.*
Brastias – originally a knight in Cornwall, he was one of Arthur’s captains, and later Warden of the North.
Brathach – name of the son of Gwawrddur in old tales.
Brian – legendary name of the son of Turenn.
Brice – “alert”.
Broderick – “son of the famous ruler”. The name ap-Roderick appears often, signifying “son of Roderick”.
Bryn – (BRIN) from Welsh for “hill”. Popular for boys. Brynn, Brynley, Brinley (BRIN-lee).
Brys – legendary name of the son of Brysthach.
Bwlch – name of the son of Cleddyv Kyvwlch in old tales.

Cadarn – “strong”.
Caddoc – “battle-sharp” or “eager for war”.
Cadell – from a word meaning “spirit of the battle” or “battler”.
Cadellin – name of the son of Gweir in legends.
Cadeyrn – (KAHD-ayrn) from Welsh cad “battle” + teyrn “prince”.
Cadfael – (KAHD-file or KAHD-vil) either from words cad “battle” + ban “summit”, or cad + mael “prince”. Cadfan, Cadoc.
Cadfan – (KAHD-vahn) from Welsh cad “battle” + ban “summit”. 6th C. saint associated with a healing well.
Cadman – “warrior”. Cadmon.
Cadoc – (KAHD-ok) from Welsh cad “battle”. Orig. a nickname for Cadfael. Cadoc was the name of one of the most important Welsh saints. St. Cadoc was carried on a cloud to Northern Italy, where he became a bishop and was martyred.
Cadwaladr – (kahd-WAHL-ah-der) from Welsh cad “battle” + gwalar “ruler, leader”. 7th C. saint and ruler of northern kingdom of Gwynedd.
Cadwallen – “battle dissolver”.
Cadwgawn – legendary name of the son of Iddon.
Cadwr – name of the son of Gwryon in old tales.
Cadyryeith – “well-spoken”.
Caer Llion – “one from Caerleon (Castle of the Lion)”.
Caerwyn – (KIR-win or KAYR-win) from Welsh caer “fort” + gwyn “shining, holy”.
Cai – (KAY) Usu. derived from Latin name Caius, poss. similar with Irish cai (coi) “path, way”; other sources say it means “rejoicer”. Cai was described as King Arthur’s closest companion. In the 10th C. poem, Pa gur yw y porthawr, Cai killed nine witches and rid the island of Anglesey of a fierce monster call the Palug Cat. Cei, Caius, Caw.
Cain – “clear water”.
Cairn – the Welsh word for a pile of stones used as a landmark. Carne.
Calcas – name of the son of Caw in legends.
Calder – “brook or stream”.
Caledvwich – the name of Excalibur in Welsh legends.
Cant – “white”.
Caradawg – name of Eudav’s father in old tales.
Caradoc – “beloved”. Craddock, Cradoc.
Carey – “from the castle”. Cary, Caerau.
Carnedyr – legendary name of the son of Govynyon.
Cas – name of the son of Seidi in legends.
Casnar – name of a nobleman in old tales.
Casswallawn – according to legends, the name of the son of Beli.
Caw – a name from old legends.
Cedric – “bountiful”.
Ceithin – name of the uncle of Lugh in old tales.
Celyn – (KEL-in) Welsh word for “holly”. Celyn ap Caw was a member of Arthur’s court in the medievel tale Kulhwch and Olwen.
Cerdic – “beloved”. Ceredig.
Ceri – (KER-ee) Name of two rivers, one in Dyfed and on in Glamorgan. May come from Welsh caru “to love”; male or female name.
Cerwyn – (KER-win) possibly means “black” or “white”.
Cian – (KEE-an) possibly from Welsh ci (cwn) “hound, wolf”, or from Old Irish cian “ancient, enduring”. Cian is known as on of the five Cynfeirdd, founding poets of Welsh tradition, although none of his poems have survived.
Clud – “lame”.
Clust – name of the son of Clustveinydd in legends.
Clyde – “loud voiced”, “heard from afar”, or “warm”. Clywd.
Cnychwr – name of the son of Nes in old tales.
Coed – “dwells in the woods”.
Colgrevance – a Knight of the Round Table who was slain when the Knights tried to capture Lancelot while he was in Guinevere’s chamber.
Collen – (KOLH-en) Welsh word for “hazel tree”. Name of a 6th C. saint.
Colwyn – name of a Welsh river.
Conwy – (CON-oo-ee) personal name from the river in northern Wales, from the Irish Gaelic name Connmhaighe, “hound of the plain”.
Corryn – “spider”.
Cradelmass – a king of north Wales whom Arthur defeated at tge start if his reign.
Crist – from the word “Christian”.
Cubert – lengendary name of the son of Daere.
Culhwch – (COOL-oo) son of Kilydd in old tales.
Culvanawd – name of the son of Gwryon in old tales.
Custenhin – legendary name of Erbin’s father.
Cymry – (KIM-ree) “from Wales”; the Welsh people’s name for themselves.
Cynan – (KUHN-ahn) from Celtic kuno “great, high”. Popular in Medieval Wales.
Cynbal – “warrior chief”. Cynbal.
Cystennin – from the word “constant”.

Dafydd – (DAH-vith) “dearly beloved”; Welsh form of David. St. David is patron saint of Wales. Nicknames: Dafi (DAH-vee); Dai (DII); Deian (DAY-an); Deio (DAY-oh); Dewi (DE-wee).
Dagonet – name of King Arthur’s jester, who was made a knight and excelled in bravery during many tournaments.
Dalldav – son of Cunyn Cov in old legends.
Daned – son of Oth in old tales.
Davis – “son of David”; variant of Dafydd.
Deiniol – (DAYN-yol) Welsh form of Daniel. St. Deiniol was active in late 6th C. in N. Wales.
Deverell – “from the riverbank”.
Dewey – “beloved”; form of David
Digon – son of Alar in old tales.
Dillan – “faithful”; form of Dillon.
Dillus – legendary name of the Eurei’s son.
Dilwyn – “shady place”. Dillwyn.
Dinadan – a Knight of the Round Table who had a sense of humor, and loved to play jokes on the other Knights. He was later killed by Mordred.
Dirmyg – legendary name of on of Caw’s sons.
Drem – “sight”.
Dremidydd – the father of Drem in old tales.
Drew – “wise”. Dru, Dryw.
Druce – “son of Dryw”. Drywsone.
Drudwas – name of Tryffin’s son in old tales.
Drwst – obscure name from Welsh tales.
Drych – legendary name of the son of Kibddar.
Drystan – Welsh version of Tristan, “full of sorrow”.
Duach – name of Gwawrddur’s son in old legends.
Dylan – (DIL-un or DUHL-an) Welsh word for “ocean, sea, the deep”. In Mabinogi, Dylan eil Ton (Sea Like a Wave) was a son of Arianrhod. Welsh-born 20th C. poet Dylan Thomas was one of the finest English language poets. Dillan, Dillon.
Dyvynarth – legendary name of the son of Gwrgwst.
Dyvyr – name of Alun’s son in ancient stories.
Dywel – legendary name of the son of Erbin.

Earwine – “white river”. Erwyn.
Ector – Ector of the Forest Sauvage was Arthur’s foster father in the Arthurian sagas.
Edern – name of the son of Nudd in legend.
Edmyg – “honor”.
Ehangwen – a name from old legends.
Eiddoel – name of Ner’s son in old tales.
Eiddyl – name of unknown meaning in legends.
Eiladar – legendary name of Penn Llarcan’s son.
Einion – “anvil”. Einian.
Eiryn – name of Peibyn’s son in old stories.
Eivyonydd – a name out of old tales.
Elis – (EL-is) Welsh form of Elijah, from Greek Elias. Ellis (ELHis).
Elphin – name of the son of Gwyddno in old legends; in Taliesin stories, he rescued the infant Gwion Bach, later named Taliesin, from a salmon weir.
Emhyr – “ruler”. Emyr.
Emlyn – (EM-lin) from Latin aemilianus “flattering, charming”; some sources say “waterfall”.
Emrys – (EM-rees) Welsh form of English Ambrosius, from Greek Ambrosios “immortal”; Emryus was an epithet of the magician and poet Myrddin (Merlin).
Ennissyen – a giant Welshman related to Bran the Blessed and started the war with the Irish, which led to the death of Branwen and her son.
Eoin – “young warrior”; form of Evan.
Erbin – legendary name of Custinhin’s son.
Ergyryad – name of one of Caw’s sons in old tales.
Ermid – name of the son od Erbin in legends.
Eryi – “from Snowdon”.
Eudav – son of Caradawg in ancient stories.
Eurosswydd – name in old Welsh tales.
Eus – name of Erim’s son in legends.
Evan – (EV-ahn) Welsh form of John. Ioan (YOH-ahn); Ianto (YAHN-toh); Iwan (YEW-ahn); Eoin, Ieuan (YAY-ahn).
Evnissyen – (ev-NESS-yen) “lover of strife”. Half-brother of god Bran in ancient legends.
Evrawg – “from York”.
Evrei – name out of old stories.

Fercos – name of Poch’s son in old legends.
Fflam – legedary name of the son of Nwyvre.
Fflergant – legendary naem of one of Brittany’s kings.
Fflewdwr – name of the son of Naw in old stories.
Ffodor – son of Ervyll in old tales.
Ffowc – “of all the people”.
Ffransis – (FRAWN-sis) Welsh form of Francis. Nickname Frank is Ffranc in Welsh.
Fychan – “small”.
Fyrsil – version of Virgil, “bears the staff”. Fferyll.

Galahad – illegitimate son of Lancelot and Elaine; a pure knight who surpassed his father’s deeds of valor and died when he saw the Holy Grail.
Galehodin – Lancelot’s brother; he became the Duke of Saintongue.
Gamon – a name from old stories.
Gandwy – a name in ancient legends.
Garanhon – legendary name of Glythvyr’s son.
Gareth – (GAHR-eth) from Welsh gwaraidd “civilized, gentle”; other sources have the meaning “powerful with the spear” from an Anglo-Saxon word. Tennyson used the name for a knight of King Arthur’s in his Idylls of the King.
Garnock – “dwells by the alder tree river”.
Garselid – a name from old legends.
Garwyli – name of Gwyddawg Gwyr’s son in old legends.
Garym – a name from old stories.
Gavin – “white hawk” or “hawk of the battle”.
Gawain – a Knight of the Round Table, and a son of Lot and Morgause of Orkney. He was also known as Gwalchmai, “Hawk of May”.
Geraint – (GER-iint) from Celtic Gerontios similar to Greek gerontius “old”. Geraint mab Erbin was hero of a medieval Welsh romance. A knight of the Round Table, renowned for his prowess in tournaments, the way he won his wife Enid. Also said to have beeen the king of Cornwall. A Welsh elegy to Geraint mab Erbin dates c. 900, and also mentioned as a warrior in the Gododdin.
Gerallt – (GER-alht) Welsh form of Gerald.
Gerwin – “fair love”.
Gethin – (GETH-in) from Welsh cethin “dark, dusky”. Geth.
Gilbert – legendary name of the son of Cadgyffro.
Gildas – (GIL-dahs) 6th C. monk and saint Gildas was the author of De excidio Britanniae (The Destruction of Britain), in which he blamed his fellow Welsh for allowing Anglo-Saxons to overrun Britain. St. Gildas venerated in Brittany as St. Gweltas and credited there for performing numerous miracles.
Gilvaethwy – name of one of the goddess Donn’s sons. He lusted after his Uncle Math’s virgin foot-holder and caused a war between Gwynedd and Dyfed in an attempt to get her. His punishment was to undergo shapeshifts into various animals, and to bear young.
Gleis – legendary name of Merin’s son.
Glendower – “one ofr Glyndwer”. Glyndwer.
Glew – name of Ysgawd’s sin in old stories.
Glewlwyd – Arthur’s gatekeeper in the Culhwch and Olwen myth.
Glinyeu – name of Taran’s son in legends.
Glyn – (GLIN) “one who lives in the glen or valley”; from Welsh glyn “valley”.
Glythvyr – a name in ancient tales.
Gobrwy – name of Echel Pierced Thighs in old stories.
Gofannon – on of the goddess Donn’s sons. He was a god of blacksmiths and the equal of the Irish Goibniu.
Gogyvwlch – a legendary name of unknown meaning.
Goreu – legendary name of one of the sons of Custinhin (or Custennin) and an unnamed woman who was Igraine’s sister.
Gorlois – the Duke of Cornwall and Igerna’s husband, the woman whom Uther Pendragon coveted. Father of Morgan, Morgause, and Elaine.
Gormant – name of Rica’s son in old tales.
Goronwy – (gohr-ON-wee) from Welsh gwr “man”. Goronwy Owen (1723-1769) was an 18th C. Welsh language renaissance poet; emigrated to the colonies and died in Virginia. Also Goronw (gohr-ON-oo); Gronw (GROHN-oo).
Gorsedd – “from the mound”.
Govan – name of one of Caw’s sons in old legends.
Govannon – son of the goddess Donn in old legends; he was a smith-god.
Govynyon – a name from old legends.
Gowerr – “pure”.
Gowther – a hero in Arturian tales who tames his savage disposition by penances.
Granwen – name of one of Llyr’s sons in legends.
Greid – legendary name of Eri’s son.
Greidyawl – obscure name from old tales.
Griffin – (GRIFF-in) from the mythological beast. From Welsh cryf “strong” + udd “lord”. Several medieval rulers bore Gruffudd, a variant.
Griffith – (GRIF-ith) from Welsh cryf “strong” + udd “lord”; possibly also “red-haired”. Gruffudd, Gruffydd.
Griflet – name of one of the first Knights; King Arthur accepted him even though he was very young.
Gromer – a powerful shapeshifter and magician who captured Arthur in the story of Gawain and Dame Ragnell.
Gronw Pebr – lover of Blodeuwedd, and rival of Llew.
Gruddyeu – name of Muryel’s son in legends.
Gruffen – “fierce lord”. Gruffyn.
Guinglain – only legitimate son of Gawain and Lady Ragnall; a Knight of the Round Table, and killed by Lancelot.
Gusg – legendary name of Achen’s son.
Gwalchmei – “Hawk of May” or “hawk of the battle”. Legendary name of Gwyar’s son. Gavan, Gaven, Gavin.
Gwalhaved – name of one of Gwyar’s sons in old legends.
Gwallawg – name of Llenawg’s son in old tales.
Gwallter – Welsh version of Walter, “strong fighter”.
Gwarthegydd – name of one of Caw’s sons in old legends.
Gwawl – legendary name of Clud’s son; at one time betrothed to the goddess Rhiannon before she married Pwyll.
Gwern – “old”. The name of Branwen’s son by Irish King Matholwch; the infant was thrown into a fire and killed by Branwen’s half-brother Ennissyen.
Gwevyl – name of Gwastad’s son in legends.
Gwilym – (GWIL-im) Welsh version of William.
Gwion Bach – original name of Taliesin.
Gwitart – name of Aedd’s son in ancient stories.
Gwrddywall – legendary name of Evrei’s son.
Gwres – name of Rheged’s son in old tales.
Gwyddawg – name of Menestyr’s son in old tales.
Gwyddno – (GWITH-noh) from Welsh gwyd “knowledge” + gno “fame”.
Gwydion – (GWID-yon) from Welsh gwyd “knowledge” + -on, divine ending. Gwydion ap Don was a powerful magician in the Mabinogi. In Welsh, Caer Gwydion (Gwydion’s Castle) is the Milky Way.
Gwydre – name of one of Arthur’s sons in old legends.
Gwyglet – name of a hero in the epic The Goddoddin; he fought and died in the battle of Catreath (Catterick).
Gwyn – (GWIN) from Welsh gwen, gwyn “white, shining, holy”. Gwyn ap Nudd was the leader of the Wild Hunt and the lord of lost souls.
Gwyneira – (gwin-AYR-ah) from Welsh gwyn “shining, holy” + eira “snow”.
Gwynn ap Nudd – began as a deity, Lord of the Underworld and leader of the Wild Hunt. He kidnapped Creiddylad, causing a battle with Gwythyr ap Greidawl, her betrothed. Later, he was known as King of the Fairies and the Plant Annwn, subterranean fairies. Medieval tales say the entrance to his kingdom is in Galstonbury Tor.
Gwyr – “from Gower”.
Gwythyr – son of Greidyawl in old legends; als othe name of the lord of the Upperworld.

Hafgan – (HAHV-gahn) from Welsh haf “summer” + can “song”; male or female name. Name of an Otherworld deity who annually fights Arawn for rulership of the Underworld.
Heddwyn – (HETH-win) from Welsh hedd “peace” + gwyn “shining, holy”. Hedd Wynn was the bardic name of Ellis Evans (1887-1917), a poet and soldier killed in Flanders during WWI; and posthumously won the chair at the 1917 Eisteddfod. His life has become a symbol of the futility of war.
Hefaidd Hen – name of Rhiannon’s fahter in ancient legends, he ruled part of the Underworld.
Heilyn – name of Gwynn’s son in old legends.
Hen Beddestyr – legendary name of Erim’s son.
Hen Was – “old servant”.
Hen Wyneb – “old face”.
Heulfryn – (HIIL-vrin) heul “sun” + bryn “hill”.
Heulyn – (HIIL-een) “ray of sunshine”.
Howell – “remarkable” or “attentive”; “alert one”. Howell.
Huw – (HYOO) Welsh version of Hugh, from Old German hugi “intelligence, spirit”. Hew, Hewe, Hu.
Hydd – “deer”.
Hywel – (HUH-wel) from Welsh hywel “eminent”. Hywel Dda (Hywell the Good) was a 10th C. king of Wales. Made the druids’ oral legal tradition into a written code of law. Anglicized Howell.

Iago – Welsh version of James, “god’s gift”.
Iau – Welsh version of Zeus.
Iddawg – name of Nynyo’s son in old legends.
Idris – “eager lord”. Idriss, Idriys.
Iestyn – Welsh version of Justing, “one who is just”.
Ieuan – (YAY-an) from Latin Johannes. Ieuan is the Welsh version of John, “god is gracious”. Ioan, Iwan.
Ifor – Welsh version of a Teutonic name meaning “archer”.
Inek – Welsh version of Irvin.
Iolo – (YOH-loh) Nickname for Iowerth. Iolo Morganwg (Iolo or Glamorgan) was the bardic name of Edward Williams (1747-1826), stonemason, poet, scholar, and initiator of the National Eisteddfod.
Iona – name of a French king in old legends; also the Celtic name for the Isle of Anglesey off the northern Wales coast.
Iowerth – (YOH-wayrth) from Norse ior “lord” + Welsh gwerth “value, worth”. Used as the Welsh version of Edward since the Middle Ages.
Irvin – “white river”. Irv, Inek, Irving.
Ithel – “generous lord”.
Iustig – name of one of Caw’s sons in old legends.

Jestin – Welsh version of Justin.
Jones – “son of John”. Joenns.

Kai – variant of Cei; possibly derived from a word meaning “fiery”, others believe it means “keeper of the keys”. Kay, Kei.
Kane – from a Welsh word for “beautiful”.
Keith – “wood-dweller” or “dwells in the woods”. Keath, Keithon.
Kelli – “from the wood”.
Kelyn – name of one of Caw’s sons in old tales.
Kenn – “clear water”.
Kent – “white”.
Kenyon – “from Ennion’s mound”.
Kevyn – “from the ridge”, or from Irish Gaelic Caoimhin, “gentle, lovable”.
Kian – possibly Welsh version of Irish Cian, “ancient”. Name of Lugh’s father in old legends.
Kilydd – legendary name of Kelyddon’s son.
Kim – “leader”.
Kynan – “chief”.
Kyndrwyn – legendary name of Ermid’s son.
Kynedyr – name of the son of Hetwn in legends.
Kynlas – name of Kynan’s son in old tales.
Kynon – name of Clydno’s son in ancient tales; possibly a variant of Kynan.
Kynwal – name of one of Caw’s sons.
Kynwyl – name of a very early Welsh saint.

Lancelot du Lac – son of King Ban of Benoic in France, Galahad’s father, Knight of the Round Table and an unbeatable warrior. His affair with Queen Guinevere caused the death of many knights and the destruction of King Arthur’s kingdom.
Lavaine – in old Arthurian legend, he was a young Knight and son of Sir Bernard of Astolat. He was knighted by Lancelot and became one of the greatest Knights of the Round Table.
Leodegrance – name in old tales given as the King of Cameliard, who was Guinevere’s father.
Lionel – a Knight of the Round Table, cousin to Lancelot, and brother to Bors.
Llacheu – name of one of Arthur’s illigitimate sons by Lysanor in ancient legends. Borre, Boare, Lohot.
Llara – from a word meaning “meek”.
Lleu – a Welsh sun god Llew Llaw Gyffes, son of Arianrhod and an unnamed father and raised by his uncle Gwydion.
Llevelys – legendary name of Beli’s son.
Lloyd – “one with gray hair”. Loy, Llwyd, Loyde.
Lludd – “from London” or from the god Llud Llaw Ereint (similary to Irish Nuada and Greek Neptune). Llundein.
Llwch Llawwyanawc – a warrior who went with Arthur to retreive the great cauldron when it was stolen and taken to Annwn.
Llwybyr – legendary name of one of Caw’s sons.
Llwyd – (LHOO-eed) from Welsh llwyd “grey, holy”. Lloyd.
Llwydeu – name of Nwython’s son in old stories.
Llwyr – legendary nae of the Llwyryon’s son.
Llyn – “from the lake”.
Llyr – “of the sea”; a Welsh sea and water god, similar to Irish Lir. Listed as father of Bran and Branwen. Lear.
Llywelyn – (lhu-WEL-en) from Welsh llwy “leader, steerer” + eilun “image”. Nicknames Llelo (LHE-loh) and Llew (LHE-oo), which is also Welsh for “lion”.
Lot – king of Orkney and Lothian and husband of Morgause. Lotha.
Lovel – one of Gawain’s illigitimate sons who was killed by Lancelot.
Lug – Welsh version of Luke, “the bringer of light”. Luc.

Mabon – “the son”; name of a mysterious child in the Arthurian sagas; he was stolen from his mother at three days old and imprisoned at Gloucester. His story is told in Culhwch and Olwen.
Mabsant – legendary name of one of Caw’s sons.
Macsen – (MAK-sen) from Latin name Maximus. Maxen Wledig (Lord Maxen) was a 4th C. Spanish-born general who led the remnants of the Roman army out of Britain to claim the emperorship and was briefly successful. Maxen.
Madawg – name of Teithyon’s son in old legends. Madoc.
Maddock – “generous”.
Maddox – “the benefactor’s son”.
Madoc – (MAH-dog) from British mad “fortunate, lucky”. In legend, Madog ap Owain Gwynedd colonized N. America in the late 12th C.
Mael – legendary name of Roycol’s son.
Maelgwn – (MAYL-goon) “prince of the hounds”; from Welsh mael “divine prince” + ci (cwn) “wolf, hound”. Maelgwn Gwynedd was a 6th C. Welsh king.
Maelogan – (may-LOH-gahn) “divine prince”; from Welsh mael “prince” + -on, a divine ending. Maelon – (MAY-lon). Fem. form Maelona (may-LOH-nah) “divine princess”, nickname Lona (LOH-nah).
Maelwys – name of Baeddan’s son in old tales.
Mallolwch – name of the legendary king of Ireland who married Branwen.
Malvern – “bare hill”.
Manawydan – name of sea god Llyr’s son; equal to Irish god Manannan mac Lir. He was a skilled shapeshifter and keppt the Isle of Man and the Isle of Arran under his protection; and broke the enchantment on Dyfed.
March – (MAHRX) from Welsh march “horse”. Name of King Mark in the Welsh version of the Tristan saga, in which he is known as March ap Meirchion (Horse, Son of Horses). The horse was a symbol of kingship in Celtic culture. Mark.
Marrock – a knight who was secretly a werewolf.
Math – (MAHTH) from Celtic math “bear”. According to the Mabinogi, Math ap Mathonwy (MAHTH mahth-ON-oo-ee) was king of N. Wales and a powerful magician; and helped creat a flower-wife for his great-grandson Llew.
Mawrth – Welsh version of Mars, a Roman god of war.
Maxen – variant of Macsen.
Medyr – legendary name of Medyredydd’s son.
Meical – (MAYK-al) Modern Welsh form of Michael. Older form Mihangel (mi-HAHNG-el); nickname Meic (MAYK).
Melkin – a pre-Merlin prophet and poet mentioned in the Annals of Glastonbury Abbey.
Menw – name of Teirwaedd’s son in old tales.
Mercher – Welsh form of Mercury, Roman messenger of the gods.
Meredith – (me-RED-ith) from mawr “great, big” + udd “lord”; other sources give the meaning “guardian from the sea”. It wa also the name of many medieval Welsh princes
Merlin – the great sorcerer of the Arthurian sagas; his father was from the Otherworld, his mother was earthly. Legend says he learned all his magic from Nimue (also known as Morgan, Viviane, Lady of the Lake, and Queen of the Fairies); old legend says he is guardian of the Thirten Treasures of Britain that he locked in a glass tower on Bardsey Island. Welsh tradition says Myrddin still sleeps in a hidden crystal cave. The Welsh name Myrddin means “hawk”.
Meurig – “dark skinned”; Welsh version of Morris or Maurice.
Mil – name of Dugum’s son in old tales.
Modred – name of King Arthur’s son by Morgause, his half-sister. He was raised with his half-brothers, the other children of Morgause and Lot. Arthur killed him at the Battle of Camlan. Mordred.
Moesen – Welsh version of Moses, “from the water”.
Mordwywr – “sailor”.
Morgan – (MOHR-gahn) from Welsh mor “sea” or mawr “great, big” + can “bright” or cant “circle” or geni “born”. Could mean “big circle”, “bright circle”, “bright sea”, or “sea-born”; or “dwells near the sea”. Male or female name. Most famous Morgan is probably Morgan la Fee, King Arthur’s half-sister and famed sorceress. Morcan, Morgant (MOHR-gahnt).
Morgannwg – “from Glamorgan”.
Morthwyl – from a word meaning “hammer”.
Morvran – name of Tegid’s son.
Mostyn – “fortress in a field”.
Myrddin – (MUHR-din or MUHR-thin) from British moridunon “sea fortress”. Welsh source of the name is from the sorcerer Merlin.

Naw – name of Seithved’s son in legends.
Neb – name of one of Caw’s sons.
Nentres – one of eleven kings who revolted against Arthur; he later married Elain and became the King’s ally.
Nerth – name of Cadarn’s son in old tales.
Nerthach – son of Gwawrddur in legend.
Neued – legendary name of Tringad’s father.
Newlin – “dwells near the new pool”.
Nissyen – (NESS-yen) “lover of peace”; brother of Evnissyen and his total opposite in morals and temperament. He was also a half-brother to the god Bran.
Nodens – variant of the sea god Llud Llaw Ereint.
Nynnyaw – legendary name of one of Beli’s sons.

Odgar – name of one of Aedd’s sons.
Ofydd – Welsh version of Ovid, a Roman poet.
Ol – legendary name of Olwydd’s son.
Olwydd – “tracker”.
Oswallt – Welsh version of Oswald, “strength from god”.
Owein – (OH-wayn) from Latin name Eugenius (Eugene) “well- or noble-born”; some sources list it as “young warrior”. Owain.

Padrig – (PAHD-rig) Welsh form of Padraig (Patrick), “noble”, patron saint of Ireland.
Parry – (PAHR-ee) from Welsh ap Harri “son of Harry or Henry”.
Pasgen – (PAHS-gen) from Welsh Pasg “Easter”.
Pawl – (POWL) Welsh form of Paul, “little”.
Pedr – (PEDR) Welsh form of Peter, “rock”. Pedran (PED-rahn), Petran (PET-rahn).
Peissawg – name of a king of Brittany in legends.
Pelles – known as the Wounded King of the Grail Castle after he was wounded through both thighs; his daughter Elaine bore Galahad, Lancelot’s son.
Pellinore – brother of Pelles, King of the Isles, and one of the greatest Knights of the Round Table.
Pellyn – “from the lake’s headland”.
Pembroke – “headland”.
Penn – “from the peak”.
Pennar – (PEN-ahr) from Welsh pen “head” + ardd “hill, height”.
Penvro – “from Pembroke”.
Perceval – name of a Knight of the Round Table. Percival, Parzival.
Peredur – (per-ED-eer) Derivation uncertain, perhaps from Welsh peri “spears” + dur “hard”. Peredur mab Efrawc was the hero of a Welsh Arthurian grail romance.
Powell – “son of Howell”; name of one of the Welsh kings.
Price – “son of Rhys” and “son of the ardent one”.
Pryderi – (pra-DAYR-ee) In the Mabinogi, Pryderi was stolen by a monstrous claw on the night of his birth and deposited in Teyrnon Twrf Fliant’s stable. He renamed the child Gwri Gwallt Euryn (Gwri Golden – Hair) and raised him, until it was clear he was the missing son of Pwyll and Rhiannon. When returned to his mother, her first words were “I would be relieved of my care (pryder) if this were true!” So he was renamed Pryderi.
Prydwen – “handsome”.
Prys – (PREES) from ap Rhys “son of Rhys”. Price.
Puw – Welsh version of Pugh, “son of Hugh”.
Pwyll – “son of Howell”; in ancient legends, he was the lord of Dyfed when he met Arawn, lord of Annwn, and took his place for a year in the Otherworld.
Pyrs – Welsh form of Pierce, “stone” or “rock”.

Reese – “ardent one”.
Ren – “ruler”. Ryn.
Renfrew – dwellls near the still river” or “raven wood”. Rhinfrew.
Rhain – (RHIIN) from Welsh rhain “spear, lance”. Rhainallt (RHIIN-alht) “hill”.
Rheged – legendary name of Gwres’ father.
Rhett – “enthusiastic”.
Rhionganedd – name of a prince of Ireland in old legends.
Rhisiart – (RHISH-art) Welsh form of Richard, “strong ruler”.
Rhobert – Welsh form of Robert, “brilliant, renowned”.
Rhodri – (RHOD-ree) from Welsh rhod “circle” + rhi “ruler”. Rhodri Fawr (Rhodri the Great) was an important 9th C. king He was a renowned warrior, as well as the ancestor of many of the later dynasties of Wales.
Rhun – name of one of Beli’s sons.
Rhuvawn – name of Deorthach’s son in legends.
Rhyawdd – name of Morgant’s son in old tales.
Rhychdir – “from the plow land”.
Rhyd – “from the ford”.
Rhydderch – (RHUHTH-erx) from Welsh rhi “king” + derchafu “ascending”. Rhydderch Hael (Rhydderch the Generous) was a king of the Old North in the 6th C. He fought alongside Urien Rheged and Morcant against the incursions of Anglians into the area that is now southern Scotland.
Rhys – (RHEES) from Welsh rhys “ardor, passion, rash”. Reece, Rice, Reis, Riess, Rhett.
Robat – (ROB-at) Welsh form of Robert. Nickname Robyn (ROB-een). The 15th C. Robyn Ddu (Black Robin) and the 19th C. Robyn Ddu Eryri (Black Robin of Snowdonia) were noted Welsh poets. Robet.
Romney – “dwells near the curving river”. Rumenea.

Sayer – from the word for “carpenter”.
Seith – “seven”. Saith.
Sel – legendary name of Selgi’s son.
Selwyn – (SEL-ween) from Welsh sel “ardor” + gwyn “shining, holy”.
Selyf – Welsh version of Solomon, “peace”.
Selyv – name of Kynan’s son in old legends.
Seren – (SER-en) Welsh word for “star”. Sirona, from the same Celtic root, was an ancient Gaulish goddess of hot springs. Male or female name.
Siam – (SHAM) Welsh form of James.
Siarl – (SHARL) Welsh form of Charles, “manly”.
Siawn -name of Iaen’s son in old tales.
Siencyn – Welsh version of Jenkin, “god is gracious”.
Sinnoch – name of one of Seithved’s sons in tales.
Sion – (SHON) Welsh form of John. Sioni (SHON-ee), Sionyn (SHON-een).
Sior – (SHOR) Welsh form of George, “farmer”.
Steffan – Welsh form of Stephen, “crowned with laurels”.
Sugyn – legendary name of Sugynedydd’s son.
Sulien – (SIL-yen) from Welsh sul “sun” + geni “born”. Originally the name of a Celtic sun god. 11th C. Welsh bishop of St. David’s named Sulien was reputed to have been the most learned man in all Wales.
Sulyen – variant of Sulien; and name of one of Iaen’s sons in old tales.
Syvwlch – legendary name of Cleddyv Kyvwich’s son.

Tad – “father”. Tadd.
Taffy – “beloved”.
Taliesin – (tahl-YES-in) from Welsh tal “forehead, brow” + iesin “radiant, shining”. A 6th C. poet who composed pems in praise of the heroes Owein, Urien Rheged and others.
Tarrant – variant of Taranis, a thunder and storm god, similar to Jupiter. Tarran, Taryn, Taren, Terrant.
Tegid Foel – husband of the goddess Cerridwen, their home was under Lake Tegid.
Tegvan – name of Cerridwen’s son.
Teilo – (TAY-loh) A 6th C. saint who founded a church at Llandeilo Fawr in Dyfed. After his death, a dispute arose between the churces of Llandeilo, Llandaf, and Penally on where Teilo’s remains were to be kept. His body miraculously triplicated so that no one would be left out.
Teithi – name of one of Gwynnan’s sons in old tales.
Teregud – name of one of Iaen’s sons in old stories.
Teryrnon – (TAYR-non) from Celtic tigernonos “divine prince”. In the Mabinogi, Teyrnon Twrf Fliant was Pryderi’s foster father.
Timotheus – Welsh version of Timothy, “honors god”.
Tomos – (TOHM-ohs) Welsh version of Thomas, “twin”. Nickname Twm (TOOM). Twm Sion Cati (1530-1609) was an antiquarian, poet and outlaw, and known as the Welsh Robin Hood.
Tor – natural son of King Pellinore, who was raised by a cowheard. The truth of his ancestry came out when he asked to be a Knight of the Round Table.
Trahern – “incredibly strong” or “strong as iron”.
Trefor – (TREV-ohr) from Welsh tref “home, town” + mor “great”. Name used since the 10th C.
Tremayne – “lives in the house by the rock”. Tremen.
Trent – “dwells near the rapid stream”. Trynt.
Trevelyan – “from Elian’s home”.
Tringad – legendary name of Neued’s son.
Tristan – from an Old Welsh word for “noisy one”; “clamor”. Confused with Tristram; Tristan is mentioned as a Knight of the Round Table in the Arthurian sagas.
Tristram – “sorrowful”. The tragic tale of Tristram (Tristan in Arthurian legend) and Isolde; he was the son of King Meliodas and Queen Elizabeth of Lyonnesse and went to his uncle King Mark in Cornwall after his country sand under the ocean. There, he fell in love with Isolde, his uncle’s wife, and caused a great scandal. He served King Arthur for a time, but went to Brittany where he was mortally wounded.
Tudur – (TID-ir) from Celtic teutorigos “king of the tribe”. Tewdwr ap Giffri was a 10th C. king of Brecon. Tudur Aled was a renowned Welsh poet of the early Tudor era. Tudor (TID-or), Twedwr (tee-OO-door).
Twm – Welsh version of Tom, “gift from god”.
Twrgadarn – “tower of strength”.
Tywysog – “prince”.

Uchdryd – name of Erim’s son in ancient tales.
Urien – traditional name of the king of the land of Gorre who was associated with the Round Table. He married Morgan le Fay, their son was Owain.

Vaddon – “from Bath”.
Vaughn – “small one”. Vychan.

Wadu – name of one of Seithved’s sons in lengends.
Waljan – “chosen”.
Weyland – a god of smiths, said to have made Excalibur. His name is still associated with several sites in Wales and Britain.
Wmffre – (OOM-free) Welsh form of Humphrey, “friend of the Huns”. Wmmffre.
Wren – “ruler”.
Wynn – “handsome”, “fair, white one”, or “light complexion”. Wyn.

Yale – “fertile upland”.
Yestin – Welsh form of Justin.
Ysberin – name of Fflergant’s son in old tales.
Ysgawyn – name of Panon’s son in old tales.
Yspadaden Pencawr – named as the father of Olwen in the story Culhwch and Ol

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Coat of Arms Symbols Monday, Jun 1 2009 

Coat of Arms Symbols

What do the symbols on your coat of arms mean ??

To be honest, most of the meanings to these symbols have been lost over time.  One family may have added a Swan to their coat of arms to signify their love of poetry, while another family may have had a lot of swans in the family pond.  We do have  list of what most of the coat of arms symbols mean.  However, this list is meant to be a GENERAL guide.  It doesn’t tell you for certain that the Swan on your coat of arms symbolizes a love of poetry for example.

Below is a list of Coat of Arms / Family Crest Symbolisms

Symbolisms of Heraldry

The following symbolisms have been excerpted from W. Cecil Wade’s “The Symbolisms of Heraldry or A Treatise on the Meanings and Derivations of Armorial Bearings”. Published in London in 1898.

Colors and Metals

Or, yellow or gold – Generosity.

Argent, white or silver – Peace and sincerity.

Sable or black – Constancy, sometimes grief.

Azure or blue – Loyalty and truth.

Gules or red – Military fortitude and magnanimity.

Vert or green – Hope, joy and sometimes loyalty in love.

Purpure, purple – Royal majesty, sovereignty and justice.

Tenne or tawney – Worthy ambition.

Murray or sanguine – Not hasty in battle, and yet a victor.

Heraldic Lines

Nebulee or Nebuly – The sea or water.

Engrailed and Invected – Earth or land.

Indented – Fire.

Dancette – Water.

Ragulee or Raguly – Difficulties which have been encountered.

Embattled – Fire or the walls of a fortress or town.

Ordinaries

Chief – Dominion and authority.

Cross – Chevron – Protection.

Fess – Military belt or girdle of honor.

Bar – For “one who sets the bar of conscience, religion and honor against angry passions.

Pale – Military strength and fortitude.

Palet – Same as Pale.

Pile – Same as Pale.

Canton – Bearing of honor. When borne charged, it often contains some special symbols granted by the sovereign in reward for the performance of eminent service.

Quarter – Bearing of honor. Similar to the Canton.

Bend – Defense or protection.

Battune Sinister – Marks a royal descent that is barred by illegitimacy from succession to the throne.

Orle or Tressure – Preservation or protection.

Flasques – Given by a king for virtue and learning, and especially for service in embassage.

Voiders – Given to gentlewomen who have deserved highly.

Bordure or Border – Frequently adopted as a “difference” between relatives bearing the same arms.

Gyron – Unity.

Common Charges

Lion – Deathless courage.

Tiger – Great fierceness and valor when enraged to combat; one whose resentment will be dangerous if aroused.

Bear – Ferocity in the protection of kindred.

Wolf – Denotes valiant captains that do in the end gain their attempts after long sieges and hard enterprises. One whom it is dangerous to assail or thwart.

Rhinoceros – Great ferocity when aroused.

Elephant – Courage and strength.

Heraldic Tiger – Same as Tiger.

Leopard – Valiant and hardy warrior.

Panther – As a lion may be said to signify a brave man, so may a panther a beautiful woman, which, though fierce, is very tender and loving to her young, and will defend it with the hazard of her life.

Horse – Readiness for all employments for king and country.

Bull or Ox – Valor and magnanimity.

Boar – A fierce combatant when at bay, and ceases fighting only with its life, and therefore may be properly applied as the armorial bearing of a warrior.

Goat – Emblem of that martial man who wins a victory by the employment rather of policy than valor.

Lamb – Gentleness and patience under suffering.

Ram – Authority.

Hares and Rabbits – One who enjoys a peaceable and retired life.

Squirrel – Sylvan retirement being the delight of its bearer.

Hedgehog – Provident provider.

Beaver – Industry and perseverance.

Fox – One who will use all that he may posses of sagacity, wit or wisdom in his own defense.

Talbot, Mastiff and Greyhound – Courage, vigilancy and loyal fidelity.

Cat or Cat-A-Mountain – Liberty, vigilance, forecast and courage.

Camel – Docility, patience and indefatigable perseverance.

Bee – Well-governed industry.

Ant – Symbolizes a man of great labor, wisdom and providence.

Spider – Wisdom, labor and providence in all affairs.

Grasshopper – Wisdom and nobility.

House Snail – Deliberation and perseverance.

Double Eagle and Eagle – Signifies a man of action, ever more occupied in high and weighty affairs, and one of lofty spirit, ingenious, speedy in apprehension and judicious in matters of ambiguity.

Alerion – Signifies one who having been maimed and lamed in war, was thus prevented from fully asserting his power.

Wings – Celebrity, sometimes protection or coverture.

Feathers (usually ostrich) – Willing obedience and serenity.

Falcon or Hawk – One eager or hot in the pursuit of an object much desired.

Hawks or Falcons Bells – One who feared not to signal his approach in either peace or war.

Owl – One who is vigilant and of acute wit.

Peacock – Beauty and pride of carriage.

Pelican – Devoted and self-sacrificing charity.

Stork – Filial duty, emblem of a grateful man.

Swan – A lover of poetry and harmony.

Goose and Duck – A man of many resources.

Gannet – To subsist by the wings of his virtue and merit, having little land to rest upon.

Swallow – One who is prompt and ready in the dispatch of his business.

Cock – Courage, always ready for battle, ready to fight to the death.

Dove – Loving constancy and peace.

Raven – One who, having derived little from his ancestors, has through Providence become the architect of his own fortunes or one of an enduring constancy of nature.

Crow – Signifies a settled habitation and a quiet life.

Dolphin – Charity and a kind affection towards children.

Tortoise – Invulnerability to attack.

Unicorn – Extreme courage.

Griffin – Sets forth the property of a valorous soldier whose magnanimity is such that he will dare all dangers, and even death itself, rather than become captive.

Dragon – A most valiant defender of treasure.

Cockatrice – Terror to all beholders.

Sphinx – Omniscience and secrecy.

Pegasus – Exceeding activity and energy of mind whereby one may mount to honour.

Harpy – Ferocity under provocation.

Mermaid – Eloquence.

Centuar – For those who have been eminent in the field.

Hydra – The conquest of a very powerful enemy.

Phoenix – Resurrection.

Stag, Hart, Buck and Deer – Policy, Peace and Harmony.

Horns and Antlers – Strength and Fortitude.

Escallop Shell – One who has made long journeys or voyages to far countries, who had borne considerable naval command or who had gained great victories.

Other Shells – Protection of Providence.

Heart – Charity, sincerity.

Flaming Heart – Ardent affection.

Hand – Faith, sincerity and justice.

Red Hand – Usual mark for a baronet if borne on a small escutcheon.

Arm – A laborious and industrious person.

Gauntlet – Signify a man armed for the performance of martial enterprise.

Leg – Strength, stability and expedition.

Shoe – Same as Leg.

Foot – Same as leg.

Human Head – Honor.

Blackamoor Head – Deeds of prowess in the Crusades.

Skulls – Mortality.

Crossed Thigh-bones – Mortality.

Eye – Providence in Government.

Millstones – The mutual converse of human society.

Sceptre – Justice.

Trident – Maritime dominion.

Crown – Royal or seigniorial authority.

Celestial Crown – Heavenly reward.

Pastoral Crosier – The emblem of a shepherd’s watchfulness over his flock, and denotes episcopal jurisdiction and authority.

Annulet or Finger Ring – Fidelity.

Lozenge – Honesty and constancy, also held to be a token of noble birth.

Billets – Their first bearer was a man who obtained credence, knowledge and faith in his words and deeds, and who was secret in his affairs.

Pen – Emblematic of the liberal art of writing and of learned employments.

Inkhorn – Same as pen.

Harp – Contemplation.

Lyre – Same as harp.

Scythe – Hope of a fruitful harvest of things hoped for.

Sickle – Same as Scythe.

Anchor – Succor in extremity and the Christian symbol of hope.

Ship, Lumphiad or Galley – All such symbols would point to some notable expedition by sea, by which, perhaps, the first bearers had become famous.

Cubes, squares or dice – Constancy, wisdom, verity probity, and equity.

Lozenge – Same as Cubes.

Axe — Execution of military duty.

Purse – A frank and liberal steward of the blessings that God has bestowed .

Tower or Castle – Grandeur and solidity. Sometimes granted to one who has held one for his king, or who has captured one by force or stratagem.

Bridge – Signifies a governor or magistrate.

Pillar or Column – Fortitude and constancy.

Snake – Wisdom.

Scaling Ladder – One who was fearless in attacking.

Crosses – Symbolic of some Christian experience or sentiment.

Trestles and stools – Hospitality.

Cushions – Marks of authority.

Angels, Cherubs and Seraphs – Dignity, glory and honor.

Estoiles – Emblems of God’s goodness or of some eminence in the first bearer above the ruder sort of men.

Mullet – Denotes some Divine quality bestowed from above.

Gold Spur – Dignity of knighthood.

Silver Spur – An esquire.

Sun – Glory and splendor.

Crescent – Signifies one who has been enlightened and honored by the gracious aspect of his sovereign.

Moon – Serene power over mundane actions.

Fire – Zeal.

Lightning – The effecting of some weighty business with great clarity and force.

Rocks – Safety, refuge and protection.

Portcullis – Effectual protection in emergency.

Hunting Horn – One who is fond of high pursuits.

Trumpet – Ready for the fray.

Cannon, Mortars, Cannon Balls and Grenades – Well bestowed on those who have dared their terrors in sieges and battles.

Sword – Indicates the bearer to a just and generous pursuit of honor and virtue in warlike deeds.

Arrows and Arrowheads – Martial readiness.

Spear or Lance – Knightly service and devotion to honor.

Spear Heads or Pheons – Dexterity and nimbleness of wit to penetrate and understand matters of highest consequence.

Shield – A defender.

Saddles, Stirrups and Spurs – Preparedness for active service.

Horse Shoe – Good luck.

Trunk of a Tree – An object of veneration.

Fusil – Travel and labour.

Shacklebolt – Victory in war.

Water Bougets – Conferred on those who had brought water to an army or besieged place.

Catharine Wheel – Emblem of one who is prepared to undergo great trials for the Christian faith.

Escarbuncle – Supremacy.

Buckles – Victorious fidelity in authority.

Clarion or Rest – Same as Trumpet.

Beacons or Cressets – One who is watchful for the commonwealth or who gave the signal in time of danger.

Chains – A reward for acceptable or weighty service.

Fusil of Yarn – Negotiation.

Fret – Persuasion

Gold Roundles – One who has been found worthy of trust and treasure.

White Roundles – Generosity.

Wheel – Fortune.

Cornucopia – Bounty of Nature’s gifts.

Chaplets and Wreaths – Granted for special service.

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A or a in heraldic memoranda and sketches of arms in trick, is employed to signify Argent[and is better than ar., which might be mistaken for az, or for or]. Abacot. See Cap. Abased, (fr. abaissé): this term is used when a chevron, fesse, or other ordinary, is borne lower than its usual situation. Charges, however, when placed low down in the shield are said to be in base. Abatements, sometimes called Rebatements, are marks of disgrace attached to arms on account of some dishonourable act of the bearer. They are shewn by pieces of different shapes being to all appearance cut out of, or off from, the shield; their shapes and positions are represented by the following varieties, which are nine in number, and must be either sanguine or tenné, which the old writers call “staynande colours,” otherwise they are no abatements but honourable charges, viz.–

1. Delf. 4. Point dexter. 7. Gore sinister. 2. Inescutcheonreversed. 5. Point pointed. 8. Gusset dexter. 3. Plain Point. 6. Point champaine. 9. Gusset sinister.

As the use of arms in not compulsory, a bearer would of course rather relinquish them than publish his own disgrace by bearing them abated. Abatements such as the above exist only in systems of heraldry, and no instance of their actual use is on record: but under the several headings diagrams will be found explaining the meaning of the terms which are used by heraldic writers. Broken chevrons, and beasts turned towards the sinister, are supposed by some heraldic writers to have been given as abatements.

“And Edward the Third of England ordained two of six stars which a gentleman had in his arms to be effaced, because he had sold a seaport of which he was made governor.” [According to Sir George Mackenzie, in allusion to AYMERY OF PAVIA, a Lombard, governor of Calais in 1349, who bore azure, four mullets or.]

There is another mark of disgrace which is due only to the traitor: is consists in debasing or reversing the entire coat. Abbey. See Monastery, also Ruins. Abisme en, (fr.); in the middle fesse point. Abouttés, (fr.): with the ends united in the centre, e.g. of four ermines. See Cross of four ermines, §8. Absconded: entirely hidden by a superimposed ordinary, or charge. Accidents, (fr. accidents): a comprehensive term applying to marks of difference and the like. Accolé: 1. (from fr. col, the neck,) having a collar is synonymous with gorged(and occasionally with wreathed or entwined). 2. Is used still with French heralds when two shields are joined side by side; a practice sometimes adopted in England previously to the introduction impaling. Accompanied, (fr. accompagné), used only by old heralds, is practically the same as ‘between;’ e.g., a cross accompanied by four crescents, or a chevron accompanied by three roses. Accorné, (fr.): horned, but used only when the horns are of a different tincture. Accosted, (fr. accosté): 1. a term used when charges are placed on each side of another charge, as, a pale accosted by six mullets; though English heralds would generally say, between six mullets pallet-wise. 2. Applied to two beasts walking or running side by side. Unless they are accosted passant counter-passant the more distant should be a little in advance of the other.

Azure, a chevron between six rams accosted, counter trippant, 2, 2, and 2 argent, attired or–HARMAN, Suffolk.

Accroupi, (fr.): said of a lion or wild beast in a resting posture. Accrued: full-grown; applied to trees. Ace: See Cards. Achievements, spelt sometimes atchievements, and more frequently hatchments: coats of arms in general, and particularly those funeral escutcheons, which being placed upon the fronts of houses or in churches, or elsewhere, set forth the rank and circumstances of the deceased. The arms upon the latter may in all cases be either single or quartered. When the deceased is the last of his line a death’s head may be placed over his arms instead of, or besides, the crest. A. OFFICIAL PERSONAGES. 1, 2. A king or reigning queen, whether married or not.–The royal arms complete, upon a ground entirely black. 3. A queen consort.–The achievements of a queen consort should be arranged in a manner similar to that of the lady of a peer. 4. Archbishops and bishops.–An archbishop or bishop has his paternal arms impaled after the insignia of his see, both being surmounted by a mitre. The ground must be per pale, white on the dexter side, signifying that the see never dies, and black on the sinister, denoting the decease of the bishop. Whether the bishop be married or unmarried will make no difference in the arrangement of his achievement.

The arms of the bishops of Winchester and Oxford(the one, prelate, and the other, chancellor of the order of the garter) should be encircled by the garter, and have their badges pendent. The archbishops of Armagh and Dublin bear the badge of the order of S.Patrick in the same manner. Prelates having temporal jurisdiction, (as the bishops of Durham had,) may bear a crosier and sword saltirewise behind their arms; the hilt of the sword should be uppermost.

5, 6. The dean of a cathedral or collegiate church, or the head of a college, whether married or not.–The insignia of the deanery or college impaled with the paternal coat must be placed upon a ground parted per pale white and black, as in No. 4. A dean or other clerk should by no means bear a helmet, mantle, or crest.

The deans of Windsor, Westminster, and S.Patrick’s, Dublin, should bear the badges of their respective orders.

7. Kings of Arms.–The achievement of a king of arms should contain the insignia of his office and his paternal coat impaled together, and surmounted by his helmet, crest, mantling, and crown. Some kings of arms have encircled their shields with the collar of SS belonging to their office. The ground of this achievement must be, like the above, per pale white and black.

Achievement in case of a Bachelor. B. BACHELORS. All bachelors(official personages already mentioned being excepted), must have their arms complete, that is to say, with all the external ornaments belonging to their condition, upon a black ground, namely, if an esquire, with his wreath, helmet, and crest, and perhaps it may be with a mark of cadency on the arms. The arms being without any impalement, or any escutcheon of pretence, shews that the bearer was an unmarried man.

Achievement in case of a Husband.

Achievement in case of a Knight. C. HUSBANDS. 1. In general.–All husbands(except those whose wives are peeresses in their own right) should have a shield with the external ornaments proper to their rank, containing their own arms on the dexter side, impaled with their wives’ on the sinister side, or if the latter be heiresses theirs must be upon an escutcheon of pretence. In all cases the ground will be per pale black and white, the dexter being black to denote the husband’s decease.

According to some modern heralds it is not proper for a knight to include the arms of his wife within the collar, ribbon, or other insignia of his order. In compliance with this opinion it is customary for the achievement of a knight(whether a peer or not) to be arranged thus:–Two shields are placed side by side, the first, which is encircled by the garter or other distinction of the order, contains the husband’s arms alone, and the second those of the husband and wife. Both these shields are included within the external ornaments pertaining to the husband’s rank. The ground is perpendicularly divided at the middle of the second shield, the dexter side black, the sinister white. Marriages previous to the last one should not be noticed upon achievements.

2. A husband of any rank, whose lady is a peeress in her own right.–Two escutcheons; the dexter containing the arms of the husband with the lady’s upon an escutcheon of pretence ensigned with her coronet: the sinister lozenge-shaped, with the lady’s alone. Each must be accompanied by all its proper external ornaments. The ground should be perpendicularly divided at the middle of the dexter escutcheon, and painted black and white. D. WIDOWERS. Their funeral achievements only differ from those of husbands, under similar circumstances, in the ground being totally black. Woman(sovereign princesses excepted) may not bear helmets, crests, or mantlings, but a peeress is entitled to her robe of estate. E. UNMARRIED LADIES OF ANY RANK. The arms of an unmarried lady must be placed in a lozenge, but no external ornaments of an heraldic nature should be used, unless she were a peeress. In that case her supporters, robe of estate and coronet, should be added: the ground entirely black. Shells, cherubims’ heads, and knots or bows of ribbon, are often placed above the arms of women, whether spinsters, wives, or widows. F. WIVES. 1. In general.–Their achievements are arranged precisely as their husbands’ would be, except that the helmet, crest, mantle, and motto, are omitted, and the ground painted per pale, white and black, or, to speak more accurately, black under the arms of the wife, and white under those of the husband. 2. The wife of an archbishop or bishop.–It is customary to arrange the achievement of the wife of a prelate thus:–Two shields, the first containing the impaled arms of the see and the bishop, surmounted by a mitre, and the second, the family arms of the bishop with those of his wife, and over them a knot of ribbons or a cherub’s head: the ground all white except that part under the arms of the wife(i.e. about one third per pale on the sinister side), which must be black.

Achievement in case of a Widow. G. WIDOWS. The achievements of widows differ from those of wives in two respects; the escutcheon or escutcheons are lozenge-shaped(escutcheons of pretence excepted), and the ground is entirely black. The arms should be encircled by a silver Cordon, which is the special symbol of widowhood. As the episcopal dignity in one in which a wife cannot participate, the achievement of a prelate’s widow should not differ from that of the widow of a private gentleman. The same may be said of the widow of a knight. The place for affixing the arms above described is against the residence of the deceased; but some years ago in many churches, but now in very few, helmets and banners of some deceased knight were frequently found remaining hung up in some aisle or chapel, and these also went by the name of hatchments. The banners in St.George’s, Windsor, afford the most complete example of the survival of an old custom, and here also the achievement is engraved on a plate in the stall held by each successive knight of the Order of the Garter. In France the litre, or lisiere, hung around the churches, answers, perhaps, to the hatchment. Acorn, (fr. gland, old fr. cheyne): this is usually represented vert, but they may be of other colours. They may also be slipped or leaved. An acorn-sprig is not unfrequently used in the arms, and is often used also as a crest. Sometimes, too, the acorn-cups are represented alone.

Sire Rauf de Cheyndut, de azure, a un cheyne de or, e un label de goules–Roll of Arms, temp. EDW. II. Argent, three martlets azure, on a chief gules an acorn between two mullets or–CAIRNS. An acorn slipped and leaved–Seal of town of WOKINGHAM. Argent, three acorns slipped vert–AIKENHEAD and TATTON. Vert, three acorns or–HARDING and SMITH, Middlesex. Quarterly, per fess indented first and fourth gules in chief a maunch argent, in base an acorn sprig–AKERMAN, Surrey. Argent, three cups of acorns, azure–ATHUL. Acorns are also borne by the families of ASHTON, Marketfield; ATASTER(or AKASTER); BRETTELL, Worcester; BOYS; CROMIE, Kildare; CUDDERLEY, Derby; DALLING; DUNCAN, Essex; FYFIELD; IFIELD; JOHNSON, Warrington; PALMER, Middlesex; SEVENOKE, and others.

Acorned, (of an oak)=fructed with acorns(fr. englanté). Adam and Eve. See Paradise. Adder’s tongue. See Fern. Adders, (old fr. givre or vivre, from lat. vipera) or asps: appear not to be distinguishable from serpents and snakes, except as regards size. They are represented as nowed, embowed, or erect. When not otherwise described they would be represented fesswise, but curling. Vipers’ heads also occur.

Gules, an adder nowed or–NATHERLY. Sable, three chevrons ermine between as many adders argent–WISE, Warwick. The same between three adders erect or–WISE, Brompton. Also embowed vert–WISE. Vert, three adders erect argent–HASSELL, Wraysbury. Azure, on a bend argent, three adders embowed of the first–CASTLETON, Surrey. Argent, three viper’s heads erased proper–HATSELL, 1708. Vert, three asps in pale or–ASPENDALL.

Addorsed, or endorsed(fr. adossé): said of two animals turned back to back. These terms(generally the latter) are also used with reference to axes(bills), to keys, when the keybits or wards are turned outwards, and to other similar objects, and more especially to wings and heads of birds, &c.

Argent, two lions rampant addorsed, the 1st azure, 2nd gules–LUCAS. Sable, two greyhounds endorsed argent–BARNARD, Hants. Sable, two bills addorsed in saltire argent–BILLINGFORD, Norfolk. Azure, an eagle’s wings endorsed or–EDMUNDS, Lyndhurst. Gules, two keys addorsed in bend or, interlaced with a sword in bend sinister argent, hilt and pomel of the second–PLIMPTON Monastery.

Adextre par, (fr.): having a charge on the right or dexter side. Adorned, (fr. adorné): a chapeau or other article of dress, charged, is sometimes said to be adorned with such a charge. Adumbration, or Transparency: the shadow of a charge, apart from the charge itself, painted the same colour as the field upon which it is placed, but of a darker tint, or perhaps, in outline only. The term belongs rather to the romance of heraldry than to its practice, and is imagined by the writers to have been adopted by families who, having lost their possessions, and consequently being unable to maintain their dignity, chose rather to bear their hereditary arms adumbrated than to relinquish them altogether. When figured by a black line the bearing is said to be entrailed. Adz, or Addice. See Axe. Affrontant, (fr. affronté): used when two animals face each other, e.g. of goats, stags, greyhounds; but the terms Confronting and Respecting each other, are more properly employed.

Sable, on a mount vert, two stags salient affrontant argent, attired or–JOHN FISHER, Bp. of Exeter, 1803; Bp. of Salisbury, 1807-25. Gules, two greyhounds salient affrontant or–DOGGETS, Norfolk.

Affronty, (fr. de front): facing the spectator(as the lion in the crest of Scotland), or in full aspect, which is the more correct term when applied to a bird. It is applied to a helmet, savage’s head, &c. [See a remarkable example given under Monastery.]

Per saltire, or and argent … in the chief centre section an open helmet affronty unbarred proper … –POWER. Gules, three savage’s heads affronty erased argent–VIGNE. Azure, a bull’s head affronty couped at the neck argent, between two wings or …. HOSTE.

African. See Man. Agnus Dei. See Lamb(Holy). Aigrette, (old fr.): an Egret or tufted heron. Aiguiere, (fr.) See Ewer. Aiguise, (fr.) or Equisé: sharply pointed, e.g. of a cross pointed. Aislé, (fr.): winged; but used only in respect of animals naturally without wings. Ajouré, (fr.): 1. of a chief when the upper part is crenellé, and the field shewn through; 2. of a building with the openings shewing the field at the back. A la quise. See erased. Alant. See Dog. Albanian Bonnet. See Cap. Alberia: a shield without ornament or armorial bearings, so called from being white. Alce. See Griffin. Alcyon, (fr.): an aquatic bird represented in its nest amidst the waves of the sea–MASSILLON, Ile de France. Alder: there is one species of alder bearing berries, and to this probably the arms following refer.

Argent, three bunches of alderberries proper–ALDERBERRY.

Alembick. See Limbeck. Alerons, Ailettes or Alettes. See Emerasses. Allerions, (fr. alérions): resembling eaglets displayed, but without beak or feet, and the points of the wings downward.

Gules, three allerions displayed or–LIMESEY. Or, on a bend gules, three allerions argent–Duchy of LORRAINE.

[These arms are supposed to have originated from the circumstance of Godfrey of Boulogne, duke of Lorraine, shooting three allerions with an arrow from a tower of Jerusalem “upon the direction of a prophetick person.” A far more probable supposition is, that the arms were intended as a play upon the name of the duchy.]

Alesé, or Alaisé(fr.), when an ordinary does not extend to the edge of the shield: but the English term couped is more usual, and of a cross humetty, §7. Alligator, and Crocodile. The only case of either of these borne in English arms is,

Gules, a chevron argent between three alligators …. –HITCHCOCK. Per chief gules and or, in base an olive-tree eradicated and fructed proper, in chief the head and fore-legs of a crocodile issuant proper–DALBIAC, Bedford.

Allocamelus. Allocamelus, called by Holmes am Ass-camel, is a fictitious beast borne as a crest by the EAST LAND COMPANY, and so far as has been observed by this Company alone.

[The Company was incorporated 1579, and Charter confirmed by Charles II.]

Allumé: applied by French heralds to the eye of a beast or bird when touched with red. Almond: parts of the Almond-tree are sometimes found, e.g.

Argent, an almond slip fructed proper–ALMOND. Sable, an eagle displayed between two bendlets argent; on a chief or three almond leaves vert–JORDAN, Surrey.

Altar. Altar: a tall circular pedestal, generally borne inflamed.

Sable, on a fesse dancetty of four, between three lions rampant gardant argent, each supporting an altar or, flaming proper, nine billets of the field.–SMIJTH, of Hill Hall, Essex.

Altar tomb. See Church. Alternate, or alternated, is sometimes applied to the tinctures; e.g. of a plume of feathers, where every other one is of a different tincture. In the use of the terms barry, chequy, and the like, ‘alternately’ is understood. Ambulant: walking; passant generally used. Amethyst. See Purpure. Amphistere. See Cockatrice. Ampty, or Anty. See Enty. Ananas, See Pine-apple. Ancettée. See Cross humetty, §7. Anché, (fr.): curved; used of a scimetar, &c.

SKIPTON. Anchor, (fr. ancre): this is frequently used as a charge, or crest, emblematical of hope, or of naval service. In old examples it is not unfrequently ringed at the point as well as at the head The parts are thus named: the shank or beam(fr. stangue): the stock, timber, or cross-piece(fr. trabe): the cable(fr. gumène): and the fluke(fr. patte). In some coats the anchor has a chain attached instead of a cable.

Argent, an anchor sable–SKIPTON. Gules, an anchor argent, the ring or–ZACHERT. Gules, an anchor argent, the stock or–GOADEFROY. Azure, a lion rampant supporting a cabled anchor or; on a chief wavy …. –RICHARDSON. Argent, an anchor erect(without a stock) proper, environed on the centre with the letter C or–CLEMENTS INN. An anchor between two smaller ones, within the beam and fluke–Seal of NAVY OFFICE. [See also MARINERS’ Company, Newcastle-on-Tyne, under Whistle.]

Anchored(fr. ancré), or ancred. See under Cross moline, §24. Ancient, or anshent: 1. a kind of flag; 2. used in the sense of Antique. Andrew, S., Cross of, and Banner of. See Saltire. Andrew, S., Order of, See Knighthood. Angel, (fr. Ange): The figure is always represented in full aspect, the wings extended with points upwards. Angels’ wings also occur; and in the singular arms of the family of RAPHAEL, Surrey, the angel Raphael is named in connection with Ararat, q.v. Angels are found as supporters, and a single angel frequently as a crest.

Argent, on a chevron sable three angels kneeling, habited in long robes close girt, their hands conjoined elevated upon their breasts, wings displayed or–MAELOR CRWM, Caernarvon. Azure, a pillar erect between two angel’s wings, elevated or–AWBORN. Gules, an Angel standing erect with hands conjoined and elevated on the breast, habited in a long robe, girt argent, wings displayed or–BRANGOR(or Berenger) of Cervisia, 1413.

Angemnes, (lat. ingemmœ): a series of round ornaments. See Sexfoils.

Angles. Angles: this bearing seems intended to represent the hook or fastening of a waistband(the arms of Wastley being allusive), and for this purpose the rings are attached; possibly for the same purpose, namely, that it might serve as a dress fastening, rings were attached to the Cross annuletty. This charge might be described also as two chevrons interlaced and couped.

Azure, three pairs of Angles interlaced fesswise; at each end an annulet azure–WASTLEY.

Anille. See Fer de Moline. Animé, (fr.). See Incensed. Annodated: bowed embowed, or bent in the form of the letter S. Annulet, (fr. Anneau and Anelet, written sometimes in plural Anelettz or Anels:) a small ring, possibly derived from the links composing chain armour. It is of frequent occurrence as a charge, and generally more than one appear: the two annulets are often linked in fess, or embraced; or they may be conjunct. Three may in like manner be interlaced in triangle. When three rings are interlaced the expression gimbal rings is sometimes used, and when more, they form a chain, q.v. The single annulet is likewise the difference, or mark of cadency, assigned to the fifth son.

ANLETT.

conjunct.

embraced.

interlaced. Annulets. Azure, three annulets argent, (of another branch or)–ANLETT. Sir Nicholas de VEPOUND de or a vj aneus de gules–Roll, temp. ED. II. Sire Johan de CROMWELLE de goules a vj aneus de or–Ibid. Monsire de BARTON de Fryton port d’ermin, sur fes gules trois anneletts d’or–Roll, temp. ED. III. Argent, two annulets linked together gules, between three crosses formy sable–THORNHAGH, Nottingham. Argent, two annulets conjunct sable, within an orle of trefoils slipped vert–John ETON. Ermine, three annulets interlaced in triangle gules–MANDERE. Gules, six annulets embraced or, two, two and two–BRACER. Gules, six annulets interlaced palewise in pairs, and a chief or–CLENCH. Argent, nine annulets in saltire interlaced[chain], five gules and four azure–HATCHET. Ermine, three annulets, one within another, gules–FYTTON.

(See also under roundles ‘faux rondelets’.) Annuletty, Annulated, or Ringed: crosses and saltires are occasionally couped and ringed at the ends. See angles and Cross annuletty, the couping being implied. Ant, (fr. fourmi). Of the insecta of the animal kingdom there are but few representatives. The ants, and with them the emmets, may be mentioned: the former are generally represented on their ant-hill(fr. fourmiliêre).

Vert, an ant argent–KENDIFFE. Sable, on a chevron between three ant-hills or, each charged with four ants proper, as many holly leaves azure–Benedictine Abbey of PERSHORE. Argent, a bend azure between three emmets sable–MASSY.

HARRIS. Antelope: it is now customary with herald-painters to draw animals as they appear naturally, which is, generally speaking, directly contrary to the practice of ancient artists, who drew them conventionally. Hence arises the distinction between the heraldic antelope and the natural. The form of the antelope, as drawn by the old heralds, has a mane and long tail, and differs considerably from the fawn-like appearance of the animal in nature. Antelopes’ heads are also frequently named, and both the animal and the head appear among the crests. The antelope gorged with a crown occurs amongst the badges of Henry V., and with an ordinary collar with chain attached amongst those of Henry VI.

Argent, an heraldic antelope gules, tusked, horned, maned and hoofed or–ANTILUPE. Sable, an antelope salient argent, attired, unguled, tufted, and maned or–HARRIS, Monm. and Devon. Argent, on a bend gules, three antelopes passant of the first, attired or–HALLIWELL, Lancaster. Azure, a fess nebuly ermine between three antelope’s heads erased argent–SNOW, London. Sable, three antelope’s heads couped argent armed or–BRUSARD.

With the heraldic Antelope must be grouped the Ibex, which resembles it, although belonging to the goat-tribe.

Argent, a fess engrailed between three ibexes passant sable–SEDBOROUGH, York. Lozengy argent and vert, on a bend azure an annulet in chief of two heraldic ibex’s heads or–Sir John YOUNG, Lord Mayor of London, 1466.

Antique, (fr.): a word not infrequent in the blazoning of coats of arms, signifying that the charge, &c., is to be drawn after the antique or ancient manner; e.g. an antique crown, boot, bow, escutcheon, ship, temple, plough, hulk, &c. The antique crown, for instance, is encircled by a series of plain triangular rays.

Argent, a lion rampant gules, crowned with an antique crown or–ROCHE, Ireland. Azure, an antique bow in fess, and arrow in pale argent.–MULLER. Or, on a lion rampant sable, an antique escutcheon or, charged with a cross patty gules–POWNALL.

Anvil. Anvil: this charge appears to be borne but rarely, and annexed is the form it takes.

Per chevron argent and sable, three anvils counterchanged–SMITH of Abingdon, Berks. Azure, an anvil or–ARNULF. Gules, a smith’s anvil argent–ANVAILE or ANVIL.

Apaumy, or Appalmed, (fr. appaumé): said of a hand open, shewing the palm. The term is, however, scarcely necessary, as every hand not blazoned as aversant, or dorsed, is supposed to be appalmed.

Vert, an arrow fesswise in chief and a dexter hand apaumy couped in base argent–LOUGHMAN, Ireland.

Ape: this is the only representative of the Quadrumana used as a charge; a monkey occurs sometimes as a crest.

Sable, a chevron or between three apes argent, chained of the second–LOBLEY. Vert, an ape sejant holding up the paw braced round the middle, and chained to the sinister side of the escutcheon argent–APPLEGH.

Apollo: a figure of Apollo, as the inventor of Physic, occurs in the insignia of one Company.

Azure, Apollo proper with the head radiant, holding in the left hand a bow, and in the right hand an arrow or, supplanting[or bestriding] a serpent argent–APOTHECARIES’ Company[inc. 1617].

Apple, (fr. pomme): the apple-tree is rarely borne; the fruit is more frequently so.

Argent, an apple tree vert fructed proper–ESTWIRE. Gules, a bird argent standing upon an apple or–CONHAM, Wilts. Argent, a fesse sable, between three apples gules stalked vert–APPELTON. Argent, on a bend sable, three apples slipped or–APULBY. Azure, a bar argent; in base three apples erect proper–HARLETON. Azure, a bar argent; in base three apples transposed or–HARLEWYN.

Apple of Granada. See Pomegranate. Appointé, (fr.): of two charges whose points meet, e.g. cf. chevrons, swords, arrows, &c.

Apre. Apre, a fictitious animal, resembling a bull with the tail of a bear.

The sinister supporter of the arms of the Company of MUSCOVY Merchants.

Aquilon, (fr.): the north wind is represented by an infant’s features with the cheeks puffed out(perhaps used only in French coats of arms). Ararat: this mount is mentioned in a very curious manner, namely, in the arms of the family of RAPHAEL.

Quarterly azure and argent a cross moline or, in the first quarter the sun in splendour; in the second the ark on the summit of Mount Ararat, and a city at the base, with this inscription in the Armenian language, NAKSIVAN; in the third quarter the angel Raphael and Tobias standing on a mount, thereon a fish proper; in the fourth an anchor with the cable entwined in band or–RAPHAEL, Ditton Lodge, Surrey.

Arbalette, (fr.): a steel cross-bow.

ARCHES. Arch: this may be single or double, i.e. springing from two of three pillars, which may be of a different tincture from the rest, as also may the imposts, or caps, and bases. See also Bridge.

Gules, three arches, two single in chief, and one double in base argent, the imposts or–ARCHES. Gules, three arches conjoined in fess argent; caps and bases or–ARCHES[Harl. MS. 613].

Arched, or Archy: said of an ordinary which is embowed. Archer: this figure is used as a charge only on one coat of arms, but it occurs at times as a supporter.

Gules, three arches azure–ABRENCIS or AVERING, Kent.

Ardent, (fr.): inflamed and burning.

Argent. Argent, (fr.): the tincture Silver. By those who emblazon according to the Planetary system it is represented by the Moon, just as the tincture of gold is represented by the Sun. Hence it is sometimes fancifully called Luna in the arms of princes, as also Pearl in those of peers. As silver soon becomes tarnished, it is generally represented in painting by white. In engraving it is known by the natural colour of the paper; and in tricking by the letter a. In the doubling of mantles it may be called white, because(as the old heralds say) it is not in that case to be taken for a metal, but the skin of a little beast called a Litvite. Sometimes, too, in old rolls of arms the term blanc is used.

Argent, simple–BOGUET, Normandy. Blank ung rey de soleil de goules–RAUF DE LA HAY, Roll, temp. 1240.

Ark: See Noah’s Ark. Arm, (fr. bras, but usually dextrochere or senestrochere, q.v.): the human arm is often found as part of a crest, although it is not very frequent as a charge. It should be carefully described as being dexter or sinister; erect, embowed, or counter-embowed; vested, vambraced, armed, or naked, as the case may be: sometimes it is cuffed. If couped, care should be taken to describe where. When couped at the elbow, it is called a cubit-arm. When armed the metal-plates for the elbow are termed brassarts.

TREMAYNE. Gules, three dexter arms conjoined at the shoulders, and fixed in triangle[like the legs in the ensign of the Isle of Man], vested or, with fists clenched, proper–TREMAYNE, Cornwall. Sable, three dexter arms conjoined at the shoulder, and fixed in triangle, vested or, cuffed argent, the fists clenched, proper–ARMSTRONG. Gules, three dexter arms braced[i.e. vambraced] argent, hands proper–ARMSTRONG, Ballycumber. Gules, a naked arm embowed, issuing from the sinister holding a battle-axe erect proper–HINGENSON, Bucks. Gules, an arm in armour proper, holding a Danish battle-axe argent–HINGSTON, Holbeton, Devon. Gules, issuing from the sinister side a cubit dexter arm unvested, fesswise grasping a sword proper–CORNOCK, co. Wexford. The arm is also borne by the families of ARMORBERY–DE LA FAY–PUREFOY–BORLASE–ARMORER–RENNCEVALE–HANCOCK–CHAMBERLAYNE, and many others.

An Arm, when used as a Crest, more frequently holds a dagger, arrow, &c.; also two arms sometimes occur. Armed, (fr. armé): when any beast of prey has teeth and claws, or any beast of chase(except stags, &c.) horns and hoofs, or any bird of prey beak and talons, of a tincture different from its body, it is said to be armed of such a tincture, though, as regards hoofs, hoofed, or unguled(fr. onglé), is the more accurate term. The lion is usually langued of the same tincture. The application to beasts and birds of prey is because their talons are to them weapons of defence.

Argent, three bars azure, over all an eagle with two heads gules, armed or–SPEKE, Cornwall.

When the term is applied to arrows it refers to their iron points: and when a Man is said to be armed at all points it signifies that he is entirely covered with armour except his face. Armes parlantes: canting-arms. Armes pour enquerir, (fr.): Applied to Arms where there is irregularity, e.g. metal on metal, as in the Arms of Jerusalem, or colour on colour. See Cross Potent, §31. Armined, i.q. Ermined. Armoiries, (fr.): Coats of Arms; Achievements. Armour: the grants of coats of arms having been of old frequently for services rendered in the battle-field it is but natural that portions of the armour should at times form devices emblazoned on the shields, and be used for Crests. The Helmet, for instance, besides being an appendage to the shield, became a charge, and was represented differently, besides which there were several varieties of metal head-coverings, such as the Cap of Steel, the Bassinet, the Burgonet, and the Morion, all different from the esquire’s helmet, which was that usually represented. The hauberk and the habergeon, as well as the cuirass, or breastplate, are found as bearings. So also armour and brassarts for the arm, gauntlets for the hand, and greaves for the leg occur. We find a “Man in Armour,” or, as he may be termed, a Chevalier, and this last is often employed as a ‘supporter.’ To describe all the various portions of armour, and their several names at different periods, would be beyond the limits of this work, though in its origin Heraldry, as the “Science of Armoury,” is intimately associated with the subject.

Vert, a horse thereon a man in complete armour, in the dexter hand a sword proper–MAGUIRE. Sable, a chevalier in full armour with halbert proper–ARGANOR. Sable, a demi-chevalier in plate armour, couped at the thighs proper, holding in his dexter hand a battle-axe–HALFHEAD. A man on horseback in full speed, armed cap-a-pie, and bearing on his left arm his shield charged with the arms of France and England quarterly; on his helmet a cap of maintenance; thereon a lion statant guardant ducally crowned; his dexter arm extended and holding a sword erect, the pomel whereof is fastened to a chain which passes from the gorget; the horse fully caparisoned–Seal of the Town of WALLINGFORD. A man in armour also borne by families of MONCURRE, ANSTROTHER, ARMSDRESSER, O’LOGHLEN, GRIMSDITCH, NEVOY, &c.

Armoyé, (fr.): charged with a shield of arms. Arms in heraldry signify the Armorial bearings(fr. Armoiries), and strictly speaking the term is applied only to those borne upon the shield. Crests, badges, and the like are not properly so described. The origin, or even date, of the earliest examples of armorial bearings has occasioned much dispute, so that the subject requires a treatise to itself. The various modes of acquiring, and reasons for bearing arms are differently described by different writers, but the following varieties will be found to represent the more usual classification. Arms of Dominion are those borne by sovereign princes; being those of the states over which they reign: while Arms of Pretension are those borne by sovereigns who have no actual authority over the states to which such arms belong, but who quarter them to express their prescriptive right thereunto. Arms of Succession, otherwise called feudal arms, are those borne by the possessors of certain lordship or estates: while Arms of Family are hereditary, being borne(with proper differences) by all the descendants of the first bearer. Arms of Assumption are such as might rightfully be taken, according to certain laws, from the original bearer otherwise than by grant or descent: and Arms of Alliance are those of a wife, which a man impales with his own, or those which he quarters, being the arms of heiresses who have married into his family. Arms of Adoption are those borne by a stranger, when the last of a family grants him the right to bear his name and arms, as well as to possess his estates: and Arms of Concession are granted when an important service has been rendered to the Sovereign. The grant almost always consists of an Augmentation, q.v. Arms of Patronage: those of the lesser nobility or gentry derived from the arms of the greater. Arms of Office, such as those borne by Bishop, Deans, Kings of Arms, &c.; and lastly, Arms of Community, those borne by cities, towns, abbeys, universities, colleges, guilds, mercantile companies, &c. The arms of abbeys and colleges are generally those of their founders, to which the abbeys usually added some charge of an ecclesiastical character, as a crosier, mitre, or key. Such arms, as well as those borne by Sovereigns, are more properly termed Insignia. The Royal Arms. Arms have been assigned in subsequent times to all the early kings of England from Alfred the Great onwards, but the earliest English sovereign for whose insignia we have any contemporary authority is Richard Cœur-de-Lion. From that time onwards the series is complete; and in most cases the great seal of each successive reign affords a good illustration. The following notes will be found to represent a brief summary of the more important changes.

WILLIAM I, &c.

STEPHEN. Though we have no authority for the arms of WILLIAM I., WILLIAM RUFUS, or HENRY I., writers agree in ascribing to them the following.

Gules, two lions[or leopards] passant gardant in pale or.

Some ingenious writer, knowing that the Sagittarius was ascribed as the badge of KING STEPHEN, substituted it for the lions in the Royal arms, but following late examples, placed three instead of two upon the shield.

HENRY II.

RICHARD I.(?) According to a theory of comparatively late date, HENRY II., upon his marriage with Eleanor, daughter and heiress of the Duke of Aquitaine and Guyenne, added another lion, and hence the Insignia of England(q.v.)

Gules, three lions passant gardant in pale[called the lions of England] or.

These arms appear very distinctly upon the great seal of his successor, RICHARD I., but there is a second great seal of this king(perhaps even earlier), in which a portion of the shield is shewn, and(possibly by carelessness of the die-cutter) this contains a lion counter-rampant. The great seals of JOHN, HENRY III., and EDWARD I. exhibit the arms of England very clearly. The seal of EDWARD II. is without a coat of arms, but there is abundance of other evidence for ascribing the same to him.

Le Roy de ENGLETERRE, porte de goules a iij lupars passauns de or–Roll, temp. ED. II.

EDWARD III. EDWARD III., for some years after his accession, bore the same arms, but after 1340 he bore–

Quarterly 1 and 4; azure semy of fleur-de-lis or[for France] 2 and 3, arms of ENGLAND.

On the seal is represented, for the first time, a distinct crest(a lion passant on a chapeau). There are several authorities for the same arms being borne by RICHARD II.; but towards the end of his reign he impaled the imaginary arms of EDWARD THE CONFESSOR, his patron Saint.

Azure, a cross patonce between five martlets or.

HENRY IV. bears on his great seal the same arms, and apparently a similar crest. The badges of HENRY V. are sometimes given as the supporters of the arms of HENRY IV., but on no good authority. HENRY V. bears the same arms, but CHARLES VI. of France having reduced the number of fleur-de-lys in the arms of that kingdom to three, the arms of HENRY V. were then altered, and appear so in the great seal. HENRY VI. the same; and the arms appear with two antelopes argent, attired, unguled, and spotted or, gorged with crowns as supporters, and the motto, Dieu et mon droit. EDWARD IV., EDWARD V., and RICHARD III., the same arms, with supporters ‘a lion rampant argent, and a bull sable armed and unguled or;’ and in one case ‘two white boars armed, unguled, and bristled or.’ HENRY VII. and HENRY VIII., EDWARD VI., MARY and ELIZABETH the same arms, excepting that after Mary’s marriage with king Philip, she bore the arms of the two sovereigns impaled, viz. with that of PHILIP on the dexter. Throughout the supporters appear varied. A dragon gules and a greyhound argent appear with the arms of HENRY VII. A dragon and greyhound, also a lion and greyhound, with those of HENRY VIII. A lion and dragon with those of EDWARD VI. A lion and greyhound with those of MARY, and a lion and dragon with those of ELIZABETH. But the authorities, chiefly in sculpture and painting, are not much to be depended on. JAMES I. On his great seal we find the following:–

JAMES I. Quarterly, I. and IV. counter quartered: 1 and 4 FRANCE; 2 and 3 ENGLAND. II. Or, a lion rampant within a double tressure flory counter flory gules–SCOTLAND. III. Azure, a harp or stringed argent–IRELAND.

These arms were continued to be used by CHARLES I., CHARLES II., and JAMES II., and are usually represented in carving, painting, &c., with the same supporters, namely, the lion and the unicorn. It may be noted, however, that CROMWELL, as Protector, bore:–

Quarterly 1 and 4; argent a cross gules[i.e. of St.George, for ENGLAND]. 2, Azure, a saltire argent[i.e. of St.Andrew, for SCOTLAND]. 3, Azure, a harp or, stringed argent[for IRELAND], and on an escutcheon surtout sable a lion rampant gardant argent[for CROMWELL].

WILLIAM and MARY bore the same arms, but the former with an escutcheon surtout bearing the arms of NASSAU(Azure, semé of billets and a lion rampant or). Queen ANNE bore the arms of JAMES II., but on the union with Scotland in 1707 the Royal Arms were marshalled:–

Quarterly 1 and 4, ENGLAND impaled with SCOTLAND; 2 FRANCE; 3 IRELAND;

GEORGE I. and GEORGE II. the same, except that in the fourth quartering the arms of HANOVER were substituted for ENGLAND. GEORGE III. After the Treaty of Amiens in 1801 the Arms of France were abandoned and the Royal Arms were:–

Quarterly 1 and 4 ENGLAND; 2 SCOTLAND; 3 IRELAND; an escutcheon with the arms of HANOVER surtout ensigned with the electoral bonnet[afterwards with a crown].

GEORGE IV. and WILLIAM IV. the same. VICTORIA as follows:–

Quarterly 1 and 4 ENGLAND; 2 SCOTLAND; 3 IRELAND.

From JAMES I. onwards the Lion and Unicorn remained the supporters, generally with the same motto, Dieu et mon droit. Arms accollés. See Marshalling. Arms composed. See Marshalling. Arraché, (fr.), or arrasht: (1) of trees, pulled up by the roots=eradicated; (2) of heads of animals, &c., torn off=erased. Arrière, (fr.): Volant en arrière of a bird or insect flying with the back to the spectator. Arrondi, (fr.): rounded off.

STANDARD. Arrow, (fr. flêche): the ordinary position of an arrow is in pale, with the point downward, that is, falling(fr. tombante), but to prevent the possibility of a mistake, it would be better always to mention it, because in French coats they are more frequently the other way. When represented as rising, it should be stated “with point upwards,” &c. Arrows appear blazoned as barbed(fr. ferré) or armed(fr. armé) of the tincture of their points, and flighted or feathered(fr. empenné) of that of their feathers; also notched(or nooked) (fr. encoché) of the tincture of the end which rests on the bowstring. The tincture given is that of the shaft, but with French heralds it is sometimes named as shafted(fr. futé) of such a tincture.

Vert, an arrow in pale, point downwards, or, barbed and feathered argent–STANDARD, Oxfordsh. [A particular arrow was called a standard, and hence this is a canting coat.] Gules, two arrows in saltire argent, over all a fess chequy of the second and first–MACAULAY. Argent, two arrows in saltire, points upward azure between four 5-foils of the last–JAMESON. Per pale embattled gules and azure an arrow in bend or, barbed and feathered argent, point upward–CUGLER, Hertfordshire. Gules, three arrows double pointed or–HALES.

When arrows are in bundles such bundles are called sheaves of arrows(the number and position being in some cases mentioned).

Gules, three bundles of as many arrows argent–BYEST, Salop. Gules, three sheaves of arrows points upwards argent–JOSKYN. Gules, three bundles of as many arrows, two in saltire and one in pale or, feathered headed, and tied in the middle with a string argent–BESTE.

A bird-bolt again differs, not being barbed as an ordinary arrow: it may be described as a blunt-headed arrow used to shoot birds, and shot from a cross-bow. An old French word, ‘boson,’ also occurs, which appears to mean the same.

Bird-bolts.

Broad arrow. Argent, three cross-bows bent, each loaded with a three-headed bird-bolt sable; a chief vert–SEARCHFIELD, Bp. of Bristol, 1619. Argent, three bird-bolts gules, headed and feathered or–BUSSHAM, Lincolnshire. Argent, three bird-bolts in fess gules–BOLTON. Argent, three bird-bolts in pile gules–BOUZUN. Argent, three bird-bolts gules, headed or, and feathered of the first–BOWMAN, Norfolk. Or, three bird-bolts gules, nooked and pointed of the first; a label gules–BEARUM. Sire Peres BOSOUN de argent a iij bosons de gules–Roll, temp. Hen. III.

A broad arrow differs somewhat, perhaps, from the above in the head, and resembles a pheon(q.v.), except in the omission of the jagged edge on the inside of the barbs. By the term broad arrow, the head alone is meant. The bolt and the quarrel were shorter arrows, used with the cross-bow.

Argent, three broad arrows azure–HALES, Stafford. Gules, a broad arrow between two wings argent–ZINGELL. Argent, three bolts in pale gules–BOLTSHAM, Devon. Gules, three quarrels argent–BAGGSHAM. Arrows are also borne by the families of ARCHARD, HYAM, ZINGEL, TINGEWICK, FLOYER, FORSTER, and many others.

Arrow-head. See also Pheon. Ascendant: said of rays, flames, or smoke issuing upwards. Ascents, or Degrees: steps. Ash: this tree occurs in more than one coat, rather, perhaps, in consequence of the frequency of the syllable ash in proper names. It probably refers to the common ash(i.e. fraxinus), unless otherwise expressed. But examples occur of mountain ash, properly called the rowan-tree(and in one case rodey).

Argent, an ash-tree proper issuing from the bung of a tun–ASHTON, Cornwall. Argent, an ash-tree vert–ESTWREY. [By one branch of the family a chevron vert between three bunches of ashen keys proper.] Argent, on a chevron gules between three branches of rowan[or rodey] tree proper, as many crescents or. [Also by another blazoning between three trees proper, fructed of the second]–RODEY, Liverpool. Argent, on a chevron azure, between three branches of mountain-ash vert, as many crescents of the first–ROWNTREE.

Ashen keys. The seed-vessels of the common ash-tree are called Ashen keys.

Argent, three ashen keys vert between two couple-closes sable–ASHFORD, Devon. Argent, a chevron between three branches of ashen keys vert–ASHFORD, Cornwall.

Ash. See Colour. Asker. See Effet. Asp. See Adder. Aspect: a term expressive of the position of an animal, as in full aspect means full-faced, or affronty(fr. de front). In trian aspect means between passant and affronty.

Or, an eagle in full aspect gules, standing on a perch issuing out of the sinister side argent–BODY. Gules, on a mount vert a stork in train aspect to the sinister argent–ARNALT.

Aspectant: used improperly for respectant. Aspen leaf. See Poplar. Aspersed: the same as(fr.) semé, strewed, or powdered. Ass, (fr. âne): this animal in theoretical heraldry is emblematical of patience, but appears mainly to be used in arms as punning upon the name. The Mule is sometimes named, (but erroneously in arms of MOYLE. See under Bull).

Sable, an ass argent–ASSIL. Argent, a fesse between three asses passant sable–ASKEWE. Sable, a fesse between three asses passant argent–AYSCOUGH, Bp. of Salisbury, 1438-50. Argent, an ass’s head erased sable–HOLKNELL. Gules, an ass(or mule) passant within a border argent–MOYLE, Kent. Sable, a fesse ermine between three mules passant argent–STOMPE, Berks.

Assaultant, or Assailant: i.q. Salient. Assis, (fr.) sitting; of domestic animals: of wild animals sejant. Assumption. See Arms of. Assurgent: rising out of. Astroid: another name for an ordinary mullet. Astrolabe: the old astronomical instrument described by Ptolemy, used for taking altitudes.

Az, an astrolabe or–ASTROLL. Per fess or and gules, an astrolabe proper held in the dexter paw of a lion rampant counterchanged armed and langued az.–MIDDLETON, Frazerburgh.

Astronomical signs. See Letters. Asure, and Assure: written sometimes for Azure. At bay. See Deer. At gaze: a term applicable to beasts of the stag kind, as statant gardant is to beasts of prey. Attire, (fr. ramure): may be used for a single horn of a stag. Both the horns are commonly called a stag’s attires(sometimes written tires), and are generally borne affixed to the scalp(fr. massacré). The word attired(fr. chevillé and ramé) is used when stags and some other beasts, e.g. goats, are spoken of, because it is supposed that their horns are given them as ornaments, and not as weapons. The main stem of the antler is termed the beam.

COCKS. Sable, a chevron or, between three stag’s attires fixed to the scalps argent–COCKS(Viscount Eastnor and Earl Somers). Sable, a stag lodged regardant, and between the attires a bird or–NORTOST, Norfolk. Argent, a chevron between three stag’s attires fixed to the scalps azure–COCKS. Argent, a hart statant azure, attired or–HARTINGTON.

Auger, or wimble: a tool for boring.

Gules, three augers argent, handles or–BUNGALL. Ermine, a pile gules, charged with a lion passant gardant in chief or, and a wimble in base proper; a fesse chequy azure and of the third; thereon two escalops sable–WIMBLE, Lewes.

Augmentations: additional charges to the family arms granted to persons by their sovereign as a special mark of honour. Such marks frequently consist of portions of the royal arms, as lions, or roses, that flower being one of the royal badges.

Richard II. is the first English sovereign who is recorded to have granted augmentations of arms to his subjects. Having added the legendary arms of S.Edward the Confessor(i.e. azure, a cross patonce between five martlets or) to his own, he granted the same in 1394 to Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, to be impaled by him in the same manner. One of the charges brought against this nobleman’s descendant, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, in the reign of Henry VIII., was the bearing of this augmentation, which, it was alleged, implied a claim to the crown. King Richard also gave the same arms, with a bordure ermine, to Thomas Holland, Duke of Surrey, and Earl of Kent. The augmentation of arms granted by K. Henry VIII. to Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, for this victory over the Scots at Bramston, or Flodden-Field, where James IV., king of Scotland, fell(Sep. 9, 1513), is an escutcheon or, charged with a demi lion rampant, pierced through the mouth with an arrow, within a double tressure flory counter-flory gules. It will be observed that this augmentation bears a considerable resemblance to the arms of the vanquished king. K. Henry granted an augmentation to the family of SEYMOUR, upon his marriage with his third queen, Jane, in 1536. It is ‘or, upon a pile gules, between six fleur-de-lis azure, three lions passant gardant in pale or,’ and is generally borne quarterly with their paternal coat, in the first and fourth quarters. Another of Henry’s grants was to Richard Gresham, mayor and alderman of London, whose arms were argent, a chevron ermine between three mullets sable pierced of the first. To these were added, on a chief gules a pelican close between two lion’s gambs, erased or, armed argent. Sir Stephen Fox, who faithfully served K. Charles II. during his exile in France, was very appropriately rewarded with a canton azure, charged with a fleur-de-lis or, being a portion of the insignia of that kingdom.

Anciently the chief, the quarter, the canton, the gyron, the pile, flasques, and the inescutcheon, were chosen to receive the augmentations of honour. In modern times the chief and canton have been generally used. Many of the augmentations granted for naval and military services about the commencement of the present century are so absurdly confused, that all the terms of heraldry cannot intelligibly describe them. Indeed they sometimes rather resemble sea views and landscapes than armorial bearings. Foreign sovereigns have occasionally granted augmentations to British subjects.

In 1627 Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, knighted Sir Henry Saint George(who was sent to him with the Garter), and gave him the arms of SWEDEN(azure, three crowns or) to be borne in an inescutcheon; and the king of Prussia, and the Prince of Orange, conferred certain augmentations of arms upon the Earl of Malmesbury, which K. George III. gave him permission to assume in 1789.

PAYLER. From the nature of the usual method of exhibiting the augmentation on the coat of arms, the original charge is frequently debruised(as it is also by the marks of cadency); hence with the French heralds both are included under the term brisures. The example of the arms of the family of PAYLER, possibly arising from an augmentation, exhibits this in a remarkable manner, as the central lion is nearly absconded. But the debruising must not be supposed in any way to be a mark of abatement, as it is quite the reverse.

Gules, three lions passant gardant in pale argent, over all a bend or charged with three mullets–PAYLER.

Auk, (lat. alca): this bird occurs in the following arms, and as in another blazoning of the same arms the term murr occurs instead of auk, we may presume that it is synonymous. The name Razor-bill(alca torda) also occurs on one coats of arms.

Or, a chevron sable between three auks(or murrs) proper–CARTHEU, Cornwall. Or, the head of an auk proper–AUKES. Argent, three razor-bill’s heads, couped sable–BRUNSTAUGH.

Aulned, Awned, or Bearded: words used when ears of corn are spoken of. See Wheat. Auré, (fr.). See Gutté d’or. Auriflamme. See Banner. Avellane. See Cross, §12. Averdant: covered with green herbage: applied chiefly to a mount. Averlye, (old fr.), i.q. Semé. Aversant, or Dorsed: of a hand of which the back only is seen. Avocetta. See Snipe. Awl: the ordinary brad-awl used by carpenters, and with this may be named the gimlet.

Azure, a chevron between three awls, points reversed argent, hafts or–AULES. Argent, a chevron gules between three[nine] gimlets sable–CLAPHAM.

Axe, (fr. hache): there are various kinds of axes and hatchets. It is impossible to classify them, or give the whole of the varieties; but the following will be found the chief forms which appear. The handle of the axe is sometimes called the stave, or an axe may be hafted(fr. manché), and the blade is often referred to.

Common hatchet.

Turner’s axe. 1. The common axe or hatchet, is usually represented as shewn in the margin. In the arms of the TURNERS’ Company it is represented somewhat differently.

Gules, three axes argent–AXALL. Azure, three axes argent, handles or–AXTELL, Devon.

2. Adz or Addice: this has the blade set transversely to the flattened handle, and is sometimes called the carpenter’s axe.

Argent, three addices azure, handles or–ADDICE. Azure, three carpenter’s axes argent–WRIGHT, Scotland. Gules, a chevron between three carpenter’s axes or, hafted argent–PENFOLD.

Bricklayer’s axe. 3. Brick, or Bricklayer’s-axe: a charge in the armorial insignia of the Company of BRICKLAYERS and TILERS, of London. The metal portion only of the axe in exhibited, and this is made broad with the sides hollowed, as shewn in the margin.

Azure, a chevron or; in chief a fleur-de-lys argent enters[i.e. between] two brick axes palewise of the second; in base a bundle of laths of the last–BRICKLAYERS’ Company, incorp. 1508.

Chipping-axe. 4. Chipping-axe: this occurs in the arms of the London Company of MARBLERS(afterwards united to the MASONS), and is the axe which is still used by quarrymen in chipping the stones before they leave the quarry.

Gules, a chevron argent between in chief two chipping-axes of the last and in base a mallet or–Company of MARBLERS.

Slaughter-axe. 5. The Slaughter-axe. The axe used by butchers for killing animals. Such an axe occurs in the arms of the BUTCHERS’ Company.

Azure, two slaughter-axes addorsed in saltire argent, handles or between three bull’s heads couped as the second armed of the third, viz. two in fess and one in base, on a chief silver a boar’s head couped gules, between two block brushes (i.e. bunches of knee holly or butcher’s broom) vert–COMPANY OF BUTCHERS, London and Exeter.

Pick-axe.

Paviour’s Pick. 6. The Pick-axe seems to be the miner’s pick-axe, also called the hew; somewhat similar to it is the double Coal-pick, and the tool called a Paviour’s pick.

Sable, three pick-axes argent–PIGOTT, Cambridge. Argent, three hews or miner’s pick-axes sable–William CHARE, in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge. Azure, three pick-axes or–PACKWOOD, Warwick. Argent, three pick-axes gules–PICKWORTH. Argent, on a cross engrailed sable a compass dial in the centre between four pheons or; a chief gules charged with a level staff enclosed by two double coal-picks or–FLETCHER, co. Derby, granted 1731.

See also Mill-pick.

Battle-axe. 7. Battle-axe(fr. hache d’armes), is variously represented. The common form is given in the margin, and it is found very frequently employed as a crest.

Azure, a battle-axe or, headed argent, the edge to the sinister–HEYNGESTON. Argent, a battle-axe, head downwards, held by a lion rampant guardant proper, within a border azure–CRACKNELL, Devon. Azure, three battle-axes or, staves argent–BAINBRIDGE. Azure, a battle-axe in pale or, headed argent–OLDMIXON, Somerset.

Broad-axe. 8. The Broad-axe seems to be so called only from the breadth of the blade differing in no other respect from other axes.

Sable, three broad axes argent–Sir John PORTER. Gules, three broad axes argent, a demi fleur-de-lis joined to each handle with inside or, between as many pierced mullets of the last–Thomas TREGOLD.

Danish axe. 9. The Danish axe was probably so called because it occurred in the royal arms of that kingdom, in which it is drawn like a Lochabar axe, but some apply the named to an axe whose blade is notched at the back. There is a form without the notch borne by HAKELUT, and called a Danish hatchet. The Indian tomahawk occurs in the arms of HOPKINS, granted 1764.

Sire Walter HAKELUT, de goules, a iij haches daneys de or, e une daunce de argent–Roll, temp. EDW. II. Sable, three Danish axes argent–DAYNES, Devon. Gules, five Danish axes palewise in saltire argent–ROGER MACHADO, [Clarenceux King of Arms, temp. Henry VIII.] Gules, a Danish battle-axe argent, held by an arms in armour proper–HINGSTON, Devon.

Lochabar axe. 10. The Lochabar axe has a curved handle and a very broad blade, and represents perhaps a Scotch axe.

Gules, a Lochabar axe between three boar’s heads erased argent–RANKEN, Scotland. Argent, two Lochabar axes in saltire heads upward, between a cock in chief and a rose in base–MATHESON, Benetsfield.

Pole-axe. 11. Pole-axe, or Halbert, (fr. haillebarde): the axe with a long pole, often called the halbert or halberd. It was used by the men at arms in processions and on great occasions for keeping back the crowed.

Argent, two halberts in saltire azure–ECCLES, Scotland. Gules, two pole-axes in saltire or, headed argent, between four mullets of the last–PITMAN, Suffolk. Gules, three pole-axes or–Sir Walter HAKELETT, temp. Edward I. Azure, a halbert or, the edge to the sinister, its lance-head argent–HEYNGESTON. Ermine, two halberts in saltire sable–MAGDESTON, Lincoln.

Aylet. See Cormorant. Ayrant. See Eyrant. Az: in tricking may be used for azure, but bl. is more usual.

Azure. Azure, bright blue, i.e. the colour of an eastern sky, probably derives the name from the Arabic lazura(conf. lapis lazuli, Gr. , Span. azul, Italian azurro, Fr. azur), the name being introduced from the East at the time of the Crusades. It is sometimes called Inde from the sapphire, which is found in the East: (see example under cadency.) Heralds who blazon by planets called it Jupiter, perhaps from his supposed rule over the skies; and when the names of jewels are employed it is called Sapphire. Engravers represent it by an indefinite number of horizontal line.

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What do the symbols on your family coat of arms mean ?

Most of the meanings have been lost over time. One family may have had a different reason for putting a TREE on their coat of arms than another family may have had. It may have meant they were loggers, or maybe the lived near a large oak tree or a forest.

That being said, there is a list of “GENERALIZED” meanings for the different symbols in Heraldry. This list is not definitive, but it is accurate a large percentage of the time.

Colors and Metals

Or, yellow or gold – Generosity.

Argent, white or silver – Peace and sincerity.

Sable or black – Constancy, sometimes grief.

Azure or blue – Loyalty and truth.

Gules or red – Military fortitude and magnanimity.

Vert or green – Hope, joy and sometimes loyalty in love.

Purpure, purple – Royal majesty, sovereignty and justice.

Tenne or tawney – Worthy ambition.

Murray or sanguine – Not hasty in battle, and yet a victor.

Heraldic Lines

Nebulee or Nebuly – The sea or water.

Engrailed and Invected – Earth or land.

Indented – Fire.

Dancette – Water.

Ragulee or Raguly – Difficulties which have been encountered.

Embattled – Fire or the walls of a fortress or town.

Ordinaries

Chief – Dominion and authority.

Cross – Chevron – Protection.

Fess – Military belt or girdle of honor.

Bar – For “one who sets the bar of conscience, religion and honor against angry passions.

Pale – Military strength and fortitude.

Palet – Same as Pale.

Pile – Same as Pale.

Canton – Bearing of honor. When borne charged, it often contains some special symbols granted by the sovereign in reward for the performance of eminent service.

Quarter – Bearing of honor. Similar to the Canton.

Bend – Defense or protection.

Battune Sinister – Marks a royal descent that is barred by illegitimacy from succession to the throne.

Orle or Tressure – Preservation or protection.

Flasques – Given by a king for virtue and learning, and especially for service in embassage.

Voiders – Given to gentlewomen who have deserved highly.

Bordure or Border – Frequently adopted as a “difference” between relatives bearing the same arms.

Gyron – Unity.

Common Charges

Lion – Deathless courage.

Tiger – Great fierceness and valor when enraged to combat; one whose resentment will be dangerous if aroused.

Bear – Ferocity in the protection of kindred.

Wolf – Denotes valiant captains that do in the end gain their attempts after long sieges and hard enterprises. One whom it is dangerous to assail or thwart.

Rhinoceros – Great ferocity when aroused.

Elephant – Courage and strength.

Heraldic Tiger – Same as Tiger.

Leopard – Valiant and hardy warrior.

Panther – As a lion may be said to signify a brave man, so may a panther a beautiful woman, which, though fierce, is very tender and loving to her young, and will defend it with the hazard of her life.

Horse – Readiness for all employments for king and country.

Bull or Ox – Valor and magnanimity.

Boar – A fierce combatant when at bay, and ceases fighting only with its life, and therefore may be properly applied as the armorial bearing of a warrior.

Goat – Emblem of that martial man who wins a victory by the employment rather of policy than valor.

Lamb – Gentleness and patience under suffering.

Ram – Authority.

Hares and Rabbits – One who enjoys a peaceable and retired life.

Squirrel – Sylvan retirement being the delight of its bearer.

Hedgehog – Provident provider.

Beaver – Industry and perseverance.

Fox – One who will use all that he may posses of sagacity, wit or wisdom in his own defense.

Talbot, Mastiff and Greyhound – Courage, vigilancy and loyal fidelity.

Cat or Cat-A-Mountain – Liberty, vigilance, forecast and courage.

Camel – Docility, patience and indefatigable perseverance.

Bee – Well-governed industry.

Ant – Symbolizes a man of great labor, wisdom and providence.

Spider – Wisdom, labor and providence in all affairs.

Grasshopper – Wisdom and nobility.

House Snail – Deliberation and perseverance.

Double Eagle and Eagle – Signifies a man of action, ever more occupied in high and weighty affairs, and one of lofty spirit, ingenious, speedy in apprehension and judicious in matters of ambiguity.

Alerion – Signifies one who having been maimed and lamed in war, was thus prevented from fully asserting his power.

Wings – Celebrity, sometimes protection or coverture.

Feathers (usually ostrich) – Willing obedience and serenity.

Falcon or Hawk – One eager or hot in the pursuit of an object much desired.

Hawks or Falcons Bells – One who feared not to signal his approach in either peace or war.

Owl – One who is vigilant and of acute wit.

Peacock – Beauty and pride of carriage.

Pelican – Devoted and self-sacrificing charity.

Stork – Filial duty, emblem of a grateful man.

Swan – A lover of poetry and harmony.

Goose and Duck – A man of many resources.

Gannet – To subsist by the wings of his virtue and merit, having little land to rest upon.

Swallow – One who is prompt and ready in the dispatch of his business.

Cock – Courage, always ready for battle, ready to fight to the death.

Dove – Loving constancy and peace.

Raven – One who, having derived little from his ancestors, has through Providence become the architect of his own fortunes or one of an enduring constancy of nature.

Crow – Signifies a settled habitation and a quiet life.

Dolphin – Charity and a kind affection towards children.

Tortoise – Invulnerability to attack.

Unicorn – Extreme courage.

Griffin – Sets forth the property of a valorous soldier whose magnanimity is such that he will dare all dangers, and even death itself, rather than become captive.

Dragon – A most valiant defender of treasure.

Cockatrice – Terror to all beholders.

Sphinx – Omniscience and secrecy.

Pegasus – Exceeding activity and energy of mind whereby one may mount to honour.

Harpy – Ferocity under provocation.

Mermaid – Eloquence.

Centuar – For those who have been eminent in the field.

Hydra – The conquest of a very powerful enemy.

Phoenix – Resurrection.

Stag, Hart, Buck and Deer – Policy, Peace and Harmony.

Horns and Antlers – Strength and Fortitude.

Escallop Shell – One who has made long journeys or voyages to far countries, who had borne considerable naval command or who had gained great victories.

Other Shells – Protection of Providence.

Heart – Charity, sincerity.

Flaming Heart – Ardent affection.

Hand – Faith, sincerity and justice.

Red Hand – Usual mark for a baronet if borne on a small escutcheon.

Arm – A laborious and industrious person.

Gauntlet – Signify a man armed for the performance of martial enterprise.

Leg – Strength, stability and expedition.

Shoe – Same as Leg.

Foot – Same as leg.

Human Head – Honor.

Blackamoor Head – Deeds of prowess in the Crusades.

Skulls – Mortality.

Crossed Thigh-bones – Mortality.

Eye – Providence in Government.

Millstones – The mutual converse of human society.

Sceptre – Justice.

Trident – Maritime dominion.

Crown – Royal or seigniorial authority.

Celestial Crown – Heavenly reward.

Pastoral Crosier – The emblem of a shepherd’s watchfulness over his flock, and denotes episcopal jurisdiction and authority.

Annulet or Finger Ring – Fidelity.

Lozenge – Honesty and constancy, also held to be a token of noble birth.

Billets – Their first bearer was a man who obtained credence, knowledge and faith in his words and deeds, and who was secret in his affairs.

Pen – Emblematic of the liberal art of writing and of learned employments.

Inkhorn – Same as pen.

Harp – Contemplation.

Lyre – Same as harp.

Scythe – Hope of a fruitful harvest of things hoped for.

Sickle – Same as Scythe.

Anchor – Succor in extremity and the Christian symbol of hope.

Ship, Lumphiad or Galley – All such symbols would point to some notable expedition by sea, by which, perhaps, the first bearers had become famous.

Cubes, squares or dice – Constancy, wisdom, verity probity, and equity.

Lozenge – Same as Cubes.

Axe — Execution of military duty.

Purse – A frank and liberal steward of the blessings that God has bestowed .

Tower or Castle – Grandeur and solidity. Sometimes granted to one who has held one for his king, or who has captured one by force or stratagem.

Bridge – Signifies a governor or magistrate.

Pillar or Column – Fortitude and constancy.

Snake – Wisdom.

Scaling Ladder – One who was fearless in attacking.

Crosses – Symbolic of some Christian experience or sentiment.

Trestles and stools – Hospitality.

Cushions – Marks of authority.

Angels, Cherubs and Seraphs – Dignity, glory and honor.

Estoiles – Emblems of God’s goodness or of some eminence in the first bearer above the ruder sort of men.

Mullet – Denotes some Divine quality bestowed from above.

Gold Spur – Dignity of knighthood.

Silver Spur – An esquire.

Sun – Glory and splendor.

Crescent – Signifies one who has been enlightened and honored by the gracious aspect of his sovereign.

Moon – Serene power over mundane actions.

Fire – Zeal.

Lightning – The effecting of some weighty business with great clarity and force.

Rocks – Safety, refuge and protection.

Portcullis – Effectual protection in emergency.

Hunting Horn – One who is fond of high pursuits.

Trumpet – Ready for the fray.

Cannon, Mortars, Cannon Balls and Grenades – Well bestowed on those who have dared their terrors in sieges and battles.

Sword – Indicates the bearer to a just and generous pursuit of honor and virtue in warlike deeds.

Arrows and Arrowheads – Martial readiness.

Spear or Lance – Knightly service and devotion to honor.

Spear Heads or Pheons – Dexterity and nimbleness of wit to penetrate and understand matters of highest consequence.

Shield – A defender.

Saddles, Stirrups and Spurs – Preparedness for active service.

Horse Shoe – Good luck.

Trunk of a Tree – An object of veneration.

Fusil – Travel and labour.

Shacklebolt – Victory in war.

Water Bougets – Conferred on those who had brought water to an army or besieged place.

Catharine Wheel – Emblem of one who is prepared to undergo great trials for the Christian faith.

Escarbuncle – Supremacy.

Buckles – Victorious fidelity in authority.

Clarion or Rest – Same as Trumpet.

Beacons or Cressets – One who is watchful for the commonwealth or who gave the signal in time of danger.

Chains – A reward for acceptable or weighty service.

Fusil of Yarn – Negotiation.

Fret – Persuasion

Gold Roundles – One who has been found worthy of trust and treasure.

White Roundles – Generosity.

Wheel – Fortune.

Cornucopia – Bounty of Nature’s gifts.

Chaplets and Wreaths – Granted for special service.

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