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Coat of Arm Tattoos And Meanings-Family Crest Tattoos And Meanings-Coat of Arm Tattoo Designs And Ideas

Updated on August 29, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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Coat Of Arms And Family Crest

Coat of Arms tattoos are a great way to represent your name and family. Coat of Arms tattoos represent our name, family, and heritage. The Coat of Arms is a symbol or design that symbolizes your name, what you stand for, what you represent. Also referred to as the Family Crest, the Coat of Arms was a symbol of different elements such as a shield, helmet, animal, motto, and sword. The purpose of the Coat of Arms was so you can tell the difference between knights. Many people get confused when it comes to the Family Crest and the Coat of Arms. The shield is known as the Family Crest. The Coat of Arms makes up everything else, all the elements surrounding the shield. Back in ancient Europe, people were allowed to use their shield symbol of their Coat of Arms as a symbol of their family. This is what became known as the Family Crest.

Coat of Arms tattoos and Family Crest tattoos are designed to portray symbols and elements that represent you. This tattoo is perfect for anyone wanting to symbolize their family. If there's still any confusion, remember, the Family Crest tattoo is the shield. This is known as the "crest". The Coat of Arms makes up everything else on the tattoo. The Coat of Arms is made with the crest and it can include the shield, helmet, animals, swords, banners, motto, and a variety of other symbols. The crest in a Coat of Arms is designed over the shield and helmet. Your crest can portray anything that you want, such as chains, animal heads, dragons, lions, antlers, or even flowers.

The Coat of Arms was born during the Heraldry in ancient Europe, when knights commonly roamed the lands. Back then, it was very hard to distinguish who was your associate and those who were the enemy. If someone was in armor with their helmet, it would be difficult to know who that person was. Also known as the Armorial Achievement, Bearings, or Arms, the Coat of Arms was created. Knights would wear their own personal Coat of Arms, which was often made up of colors and symbols that symbolized the Knight and the kingdom. Once Coat of Arms became commonly used, it was much easier to tell the difference between one kingdom to the next. This was a time when many people couldn't read. With the colors and symbols, many were able to distinguish exactly who was behind the armor and helmet.

In modern times, the Coat of Arms is rarely seen. Today, Coat of Arms tattoo designs are a symbol of your past, future, and yourself. You can still see them throughout Europe and various countries, but nothing compared to the days of the knights. Many colleges and universities have their own Coat of Arms. You may be a current student or graduate who wants to use their Coat of Arms for your tattoo. Many countries have seals and other emblems that you can apply to your Coat of Arms tattoo. The same goes for Family Crest tattoos. There is no way that you can go wrong with your Coat of Arms tattoo or Family Crest tattoo. These tattoos are fun to create because you add symbols that are meaningful and represent you.

Coat Of Arms Tattoo Ideas

Old School Symbols
Symbols You Could Add
Olive Branch
Fleur De Lis

Coat Of Arms Tattoo Meanings And Designs

The Coat of Arms tattoo and the Family Crest tattoo can hold a high level of symbolic value to those who wear such tattoos. Although Coat of Arms tattoos mean "family", they can symbolize very positive meanings. Below, you can find the meanings that may be associated to the Coat of Arms and Family Crest tattoos.

  • Family
  • Honor
  • Pride
  • Heritage
  • Home
  • Yourself
  • Courage
  • Bravery
  • Strength
  • United

Coat of Arms tattoos symbolize many things, from family to heritage. Family Crest tattoos and Coat of Arms tattoos give you the ability to create a unique tattoo that no one else will ever likely wear. You can do anything that you want to with these tattoos. You can apply symbols that are associated to your life or lifestyle. You can apply things that symbolize your family or heritage. There is no wrong symbol when it comes to the Coat of Arms tattoo and Family Crest tattoo. This is the perfect tattoo to symbolize you, your name, and your family.

Coat Of Arms tattoo designs can portray any symbol that is meaningful to you. The Coat of Arms should portray elements that represent you. What symbols describe you? Now that you have the option to create anything that you want, where do you start? It is very possible that your family already has a Coat of Arms or Family Crest. In order to find this, you will have to do some research on your family's name. More then likely, it is possible that you will find different variations of your family's Coat of Arms or Family Crest. More then likely, you will. Back in Ancient Europe, it was very rare that two people had the exact Coat of Arms design or Family Crest. Today, it is very possible. Someone with the same last name may have used the original Coat of Arms or Family Crest and added their own elements. So more then likely, you will gave several to choose from. If you are trying to find the original, it can be difficult. The only way to know for sure is by doing some deep research.

It can be difficult to complete a Coat of Arms tattoo design. If you are having trouble putting a Coat of Arm design together, remember, you can add anything that is associated to you. For example, if you are from America, you can add an American flag. The bald eagle is another symbol that represents America. If you are from Canada, you may want to add a Maple Leaf. If you are from Irish decent, you can add a shamrock or a four leaf clover. If your family has herded cattle for centuries, you may want to add a bull. If your family has been into football for decades, you can add a football. There is no wrong choice here. Think about it, the possibilities are endless.

There are some important things that you need to remember before you choose your Coat of Arms tattoo or Family Crest tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. These tattoos represent you and your family. Even so, you don't want to add a symbol that represents something that you want. Make sure you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that rush to get inked usually have regrets later on down the road. Don't make this mistake. Even with laser removal and cover ups, all tattoos can be fixed correctly. Coat of Arms tattoo designs are worn to symbolize your name, Coats of Arms tattoos are worn by both men and women. If you feel the Coat of Arms and Family Crest is not for you, take the time to follow the links below to view more tattoos. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please tell us below. We appreciate your visit and time.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia







      Thanks again for your awesome comments. Seeker, it is a great way to symbolize your family. Great idea for the family to do, even if it is just a small one. CC, glad you enjoyed the pics and thanks. Alocsin, your right. These are pretty good sized, something to think about. Thank you all!

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      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      This is very interesting, kinda takes you back in time. Impressive work!

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Looks like you need a fairly large area to put all the detail that exists in a typical coat of arms. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Awesome hub LW and these designs are so beautiful!! I don't find it surprising that people would want to have family symbolism as a tattoo, not only are the designs stunning, but what a great way to give you a real sense of belonging to a particular family, clan or whatever! I think what I find really interesting is that so many meanings are attached to these tattoos.

      What a great and interesting read this was!!! Voted up + shared!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia


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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      the family crest is amazing better on the back then arm right voted awesome bro :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Very cool! I had no idea that so many meanings were associated with coats of arms. You always have such beautiful examples. I admit I don't have a tattoo, have always thought about getting one, but I've never been able to settle on an idea that I had that I could live with for life. In the meantime, though, I love looking at all the images you provide. :)


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