A new coat

Monday, May 28, 2018

The coverage on the marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Henry has really run its course. Over the past few weeks, stories on every little aspect of the British royal family and British traditions have been done into redundancy. One of the most recent news cycles on the matter detailed Markleís new coat of arms, which was officially approved recently. Iím sure plenty of people read about it or looked at the crest and thought, ďman, I wish I was a royal noble with my own cool coat of arms.Ē

Although our forefathers did us all a big favor in ridding our country of the whole monarchy bit from the British, many Americans pining for a familial symbol should not have too much trouble finding their own arms while being from a country with no kings, queens, princes, princesses or other important-sounding titles. Quite a few Americans today can probably claim two or three via their ancestors. The descendants to those original few who were given a heraldic honor have increased exponentially, so the odds are probably in your favor that there is one out there for you.

If you look at our own countryís history, many American states, organizations and historical figures got into the trend of claiming arms, or making their own. This happened consistently from our countryís founding to the 20th century, where it eventually became passe.

The rules about claiming arms differ quite a bit overseas. There is a difference in having the same last name as someone with a coat of arms and having an ancestor bestowed with the accolade. Youíll have to do a little genealogy research if you really want to find some rewarding family history. With a little searching of my own, Iíve found my own coat of arms, which was bestowed to all of my crusade-fighting ancestorís descendants. Itís pretty cool. Meghan Markleís coat of arms has a bunch of feathers and flowers, but mine has four crows on it. Iíll be the first to admit I donít know anything about heraldic symbols, but I think I got the better deal.

Unlike all of those monarchy-loving countries our ancestors left behind, the United States doesnít really have any rules about adopting a coat of arms ó why would we? So, if you do a little bit of digging and you canít find any family member with a cool design attached to your name, feel free to give yourself one ó itís the land of the free, after all.