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Re: what does the family coat of arms look like
Posted by: Debra Cohig Date: July 06, 2001 at 12:07:28
In Reply to: what does the family coat of arms look like by matt salazar of 870

I'm not sure if arms work the same in Spain and England, altho I imagine they do....but in England, arms are awarded to a specific person, not a family. The arms normally pass to the eldest son or next head of a clan; younger sons can sometimes use them with variants showing they are 'lesser' branches of the same family; sometimes they are combined with a wife's arms (splitting the shield in half). So...there is no such thing as a 'family coat of arms', despite the number of firms out there willing to sell you "your" arms. Only the person authorized to bear them can use them, and even authorized persons cannot use them in the States.


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