Eddy Daniels wrote in with the following question:
Can you let me know whether the Daniels family had or has a family crest or coat of arms? If so, do you have a sketch of such?
Thanks for writing in.
It is important to know that coats of arms are awarded to individuals, not to families per se. They are a form of inheritable honor which can be passed down through the family, but if you didn’t inherit the family manor, you probably didn’t inherit rights to the arms either.
That said, there is great interest now days in genealogy and researching the lives of ancestors. For these purposes it is very nice to know if any of your ancestors had been awarded the honor of arms.
I found these arms in blazon in the armory of the United Kingdom as recorded by William Berry in 1856. The arms were awarded to John Daniels, Esq. of St. Austin’s, near Lymington, Hants, 1823.
Per fesse, erm. and sa. in chief two mascles of the second, in base, an heraldic tiger ar. – Crest, a pelican, vulning herself ar. betw. two branches of oak ppr. Borne by John Daniels, Esq. of St. Austin’s, near Lymington, Hants, 1823.
I have included my interpretation of what these arms would look like here.
While this was the only example I found for “Daniels” there are a large number of arms for people with the last name “Daniel.”
You should check and see who your Daniels ancestors were to find out if these arms belonged to your specific ancestor.
Good luck with your family history search — there are always treasures to be found.
Originally posted 2013-08-22 09:24:27.