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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]


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



An architectural Arch used as a charge in heraldry. Usually shown as a castle’s Arch, but the Bridge Arch also appears, but will be blazoned as such.

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



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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“In Chief” or “On the Chief”

“In Chief” or “On the Chief”

Alan says: May 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm In heraldry, what is the difference between “In Chief” and “On the Chief” Herald Armiger says: Thanks Alan. When the phrase On the Chief is used it means there is a charge of some sort on a Chief. The Chief here is a partition of... 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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(fr.) In the middle fess point. Also called “Abyss” by some English armorists.  Can be seen at E in the accompanying illustration. From A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry: Newly Annotated and Illustrated by Gough, Parker & Kay.  Published by the Unutterable... read more

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Registered Coats of Arms

John Barton (1672)

The coat of arms of Dr. John Barton of Salem, Massachusetts. It is recorded that Dr. John Barton came to North America in (or about) the year 1672 from Norfolk, England. Dr. John Barton would come to live in Salem, Massachusetts. The Coat of Arms Blazoned: Ermine, on...

John Bartlett (1635)

Coat of Arms of John Bartlett of Newbury, Massachusetts: Sable, three falconers’ sinister gloves, pendant argent, banded and tasseled or.. John Bartlett came to North America about 1635 from Kent, England.

William Bartholomew (1634)

Coat of Arms of William Bartholomew of Boston, Massachusetts: Argent, a chevron engrailed, between three lions rampant sable.. William Bartholomew came to North America about 1634 from Oxford, England.

John Barry (1763)

Coat of Arms of John Barry of Maryland: Argent, three Bars gamel Gules. John Barry came to North America about 1763 from Ireland.

Ellis Barron (1640)

Coat of Arms of Ellis Barron of Watertown, Massachusetts: Ermine, on a Saltire Gules, five Annulets Or. Ellis Barron came to North America about 1640 from Waterford, Ireland.

Elizeus Barron (1705)

Coat of Arms of Elizeus Barron of Woodbridge, New Jersey: Gules, a Chevron Argent betwixt three Garbs Or.. Elizeus Barron came to North America about 1705.

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