What is heraldry?
Heraldry is the profession, study or art of
granting, creating or giving arms.
Heraldry developed around a thousand
years ago, so knights on the battlefield
could identify each other.
The art is symbolic, which means
colours and symbols chosen all have
Coats of arms
Coats of arms have a central
shield, many symbols, and a
Coats of arms could also be
used on flags, family tombs
or as wax seals.
They can be inherited.
Symbol of the The sea
The bezants The motto
Whose coat of arms is this?
The tied ribbon is a sign of being unmarried
represent hills and The central division is a
mountains, a love word play on her surname
Her mother’s maiden
name is Goldsmith…
Three acorns represent
children and Englishness
Blue and red are the
colours of the union flag
Which newlywed did this recently created coat of arms
family of Port
Eliot’s coat of
More Cornish examples…
When two families combine (e.g. through
marriage), their coats of arms can combine
too… Some people just like to show off!
This belongs to
Designing your coat of arms, step 1:
Use the worksheet pick your shield design…
Designing your coat of arms, step 2:
Use the worksheet to pick your colours, animals
and symbols – or come up with symbols of your
Designing your coat of arms, step 3:
Choose a motto…
People chose their mottos depending on
their values, or sometimes because the
mottos sounded like their surname! For
Vive ut vivas – the Vivian family.
Neither timidly nor rashly – the Rashleigh
Kerensa hwilas kerensa (Love seeks out
love) - the Polwhele family.
Your motto (2)
On your guidance sheets are different
examples of Cornish mottos.
You can listen to how these are
If you would like to create a new Cornish
motto you can e mail the Cornish
Language Partnership who will translate
it for you!
Hand your coat of arms down
through your family for
generations to come!