Personal Coat of Arms

As created by Stephen M. Lawson


At some point in time, whether early or late, those climbing their family tree consider the possibility that some early ancestor was granted the right to use a particular Coat of Arms. Family histories often include a prominent discussion of the Family Coat of Arms, implying that all those of the surname have some claim to it. Others carefully discuss the historical and legal aspects of heraldry and point out that every Coat of Arms is the creation of an issuing authority, its use is subject to varied and specific laws and regulations, and that improper use is a violation of property rights. This compiler will leave to others a discussion of the historical, legal and ethical aspects of heraldry - a good starting place is Eddie Geoghegan's Heraldry 101 on his extensive Coats of Arms Website. Then visit his Internet Heraldry Store.

Kinnexions.com includes over 300 ancestral surnames of the compiler. Heraldry is fascinating, but searching out Coats of Arms for over 300 surnames would be both time consuming and unrewarding, knowing that there is no way that such arms would descend to the compiler. Hence, it was decided to create a Personal Coat of Arms, using an element from the arms granted to a person bearing the surname of each the compiler's great grandparents. With the heraldric knowledge and artistic skills of the Internet Heraldry Store, a Personal Coat of Arms was prepared which is both full of meaning and is the copyrighted property of the compiler.

Below are typical surname arms of the compiler's great grandparents - with no claim to any family kinship to the original grantees. Below is a blazon, or heraldric description of each shield. The completed Personal Coat of Arms follows.


Father's paternal
grandfather
Father's maternal
grandfather
Mother's paternal
grandfather
Mother's maternal
grandfather
Father's paternal
grandmother
Father's maternal
grandmother
Mother's paternal
grandmother
Mother's maternal
grandmother

Lawson: Argent a chevron between three martlets sable.
Turman: Or a chevron gules between three human hearts gules.

Freeman: Azure three lozenges or.
Sears: Gules a chevron argent between three eaglets proper on a chief ermine
an escallop between two mullets of the first.

Freeman: Azure three lozenges or.
Carpenter: Paly of six argent and gules on a chevron azure three crosses crosslet or.

Morey: Azure three mullets argent.
Andrew: Argent on a chevron engrailed gules between three mullets gules
as many quetrefoils of the field pierced.


Arms: Argent on a chevron azure between two lozenges gules the dexter charged with a cross crosslet and
the sinister with a human heart both of the field and in base a martlet sable, three mullets also of the field.
Crest: On the stump of a tree (in place of the helm) a cock proper. Motto: Leve et relius (Rise and shine).

Surname elements: Lawson, martlet; Freeman (paternal and maternal), two lozenges; Morey, center mullet;
Turman, human heart; Sears, sinister mullet; Carpenter, cross crosslet; and Andrew, dexter mullet.

The faith, hope and love of family members is seen in the cross, stars and heart.
The lozenges, chevron and martlet signify the traits of constancy, service, and virtue.
The stump of a tree represents family history, and the cock the farming occupation of early ancestors.


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Modified: 3/2/07