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YourArmiger.com was created to share a love of the traditions of heraldry. The page focuses of British heraldry and the arms which made it to the United States and Canada, but as the site expands more continental heraldry will be added. You can use the site to look up arms of ancestors, learn the terminology of heraldry or even how to craft your own coat of arms in the style of the traditional armorist.

Ancient Arms

Long standing arms recorded in registers from the 19th century and before. You can use this category to look up the arms of your ancestors. [more]

Encyclopaedia Heraldrica

Heraldry has not been overlooked: connected as it is with history, with antiquities , and many existing distinctions, it presented itself at too many points not to secure very general attention; and the desire to become acquainted with its language and its laws are observably diffused to a very wide extent.

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Charges are the symbols used in heraldry, each is used for a very special reason and many have unique rules governing their deployment. [more]


Heraldry has a grammar and terminology all its own. In this category we take each term and concept and explain it in simply. [more]

Ask Herald

Do you have a heraldry question you haven’t been able to answer on your own? Put our years of study and massive library to use and ask here!

Erskine Clan Badge

Erskine Clan Badge

Jennifer from South Africa wrote in with a question: my in-laws have a booklet on our ancestry – we hail from Clan Erskine of Mar. Our Crest is one I cannot find on the website – it depicts the head of a wild boar facing left, with a straight sword... read more

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The term adumbration means literally to shadow and is a term used to denote a charge which is shown either only in outline or by a slight darkening of the tincture of the field.

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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.

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Registered Coats of Arms


These marshaled arms are formed by placing the father’s arms and the mothers arms in quarters.  This method is used largely in modern armory as a decorative feature, but at one time the method was used for the arms of a child who was to inherit lands and arms...

Arms Means

These arms were commissioned by Daniel Means. Originally posted 2009-12-11 14:58:14.

Arms of Kevin

This coat of arms was designed for Kevin from Arizona. Kevin was interested in getting a personal coat of arms to use as personal branding online. We looked into his life and preferences and found symbols which spoke to his personal history, military service, and...

Rev. John Bartow (1702)

Coat of Arms of Rev. John Bartow of New York, New York: Or, three plates on a bend Sable, betwixt six annulets Gule. Rev. John Bartow came to North America about 1702 from Crediton, Devonshire, England.

Dr. Thomas Barton (1751)

Coat of Arms of Dr. Thomas Barton of New Jersey: Argent, three Boars’ Heads couped Gules, armed Argent. Dr. Thomas Barton came to North America about 1751 from Ireland.

Richard Bartlett (1634)

Coat of Arms of Richard Bartlett of Newbury, Massachusetts: Sable, three Falconers’ sinister Gloves with pendant Argent, tasseled Or. Richard Bartlett came to North America about 1634 from Ernely, Sussex, England.

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If you live in the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Spain, or another country that has an active heraldic authority, you will need to pursue your request through those official channels. If you live in a republic such as the United States and the government is not involved in the issuance of coats of arms, you may secure your unique heraldic achievement through a professional armorist. That coat of arms will be protected under international copyright laws and by be registered as a trademark if you desire. For more information on acquiring your coat of arms, click here.