John Alden (1620)

The arms of John Alden of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The coat of arms of John Alden of the Plymouth colony.  Gules, three crescents within a bordure engrailed ermine.

John Alden came to the Plymouth colony in 1620 from Hertfordshire, England.

The Coat of Arms Blazoned: Gules, three crescents within a bordure engrailed ermine.
Crested: Out of a ducal coronet per pale gules and sable, a demi-lion or.
Motto: [None recorded].

The arms were most likely awarded in England by the College of Arms of Great Britain in the year 1607.

As cited in the 1904 Edition of Crozier’s General Armory; William Armstrong Crozier, Fox Duffield & Company, New York.

This entry is unusual for Crozier’s armory in that it actually provides a year that the patent of arms was supposedly awarded.  This is likely because John Alden was a verifiable celebrity in colonial America.  It is said he was the first one to step off the Mayflower onto Plymouth Rock.

Of course, no one stepped directly off the Mayflower onto Plymouth Rock, but legends are like that.  You can read John Alden’s story on wikipedia by clicking here.


The coat of arms above is a very low resolution example used for illustration of the basic design of the arms. If you need a bigger and prettier version of this coat of arms or that of one of your ancestors, please contact me. Just leave a comment stating what you need and I’ll send you an email.


What was the Coat of Arms of the Alden family from Plymouth, Massachusetts?

Gules, three crescents within a bordure engrailed ermine.

Originally posted 2010-11-20 11:42:47.

John Ashby (1749)
Armistead Family Virginia (1635)

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