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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]


Alder is a common name for a genus of flowering trees and shrubs belonging to the birch family. The Alder tree is associated with Brân the Blessed who was considered by some medieval Christian writers to have been the first British man.  In Welsh mythology Brân the... read 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]



Armory – From the word armor, appertaining to coats of arms. Pimbley’s Dictionary of Heraldry; Arthur Pimbley (1908). Armour: the grants of coats of arms having been of old frequently for services rendered in the battle-field it is but natural that... read more

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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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Alder is a common name for a genus of flowering trees and shrubs belonging to the birch family. The Alder tree is associated with Brân the Blessed who was considered by some medieval Christian writers to have been the first British man.  In Welsh mythology Brân the... read more


An Alaunt (also Alant or Alanund) is a type of now extinct mastiff-like working dog common in medieval Europe.  The type came from the Alani people.  When used a charge, the Alaunt may be used as a pun for Allen or Alan. The breed is thought to be related to the... read more
Pimbley’s Dictionary of Heraldry

Pimbley’s Dictionary of Heraldry

Pimbley’s Dictionary of Heraldry by Arthur Francis Pimbley was published in Baltimore, Maryland by the author in 1908. While it appears that Pimbley was a self taught scholar of heraldry, his book did end up in a number of University libraries and was digitized fairly early on in the internet boom of heraldry.

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Registered Coats of 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...


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...

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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