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(Stackpoole Court, co. Pembroke, bart., extinct 1698; the heiress, Elizabeth Lort, m. Sir Alexander Campbell, ancestor of the Earl of Cawdor). Gu. a cross or. Crest—An Ionic pillar and base ar.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Lort Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Variations:
More common variations are: Loret, Llort, Lorot, Lorta, Lorut, Lorte, Lorti, Lorat, Lortt, Lortu.

England:
The surname Lort first appeared in Orléanais, where the family held a family seat from old times.

United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Lort landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in 17th and 18th.  Some of the people with the name Lort who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Sampson Lort at the age of 30, landed in Barbados in the year 1635.  Robert Lort, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1684.  Robert Lort, who arrived in Pennsylvania in the year 1684.  Joshua Lort, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1684.

The following century saw more Lort surnames arrive.  Some of the people with the surname Lort who arrived in the United States in the 18th century included Johannes Lort, who arrived in Pennsylvania in the year 1754.  Pierre Lort, who arrived in New York, NY in 1763.  Pierre Lort, who settled in New York, with his wife and his four children, in the year 1763.

Australia:
Some of the individuals with the surname Lort who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Thomas Lort arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Caspar” in the year 1849.

Lort Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Lort blazon are the cross and pillar. The two main tinctures (colors) are or and gules.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.1Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 2A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”4The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.

No other symbol appearing in heraldry is subject to as much variation as the cross 7Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 47. Mediaeval Europe was a deeply religious and Christian and many of the nobility wanted to show their devotion by adopting the symbol of the cross as part of the arms. In its basic form, the cross is created from two broad bands of colour at right angles covering the whole extent of the shield. It has been subject to all manner of embellishment, and the interested reader is referred to the references, especially Parker’s Heraldic dictionary for many examples of these. 8A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Cross 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P106 10A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P160-173 Suffice it to say that any armiger would be proud to have such an important device as part of their arms.

The Pillar, according to Wade symbolises “fortitude and constancy”. 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P101 Typically the pillar is a plain column with simple cushion capitals but architecture fans will be pleased to know that other orders (doric, ionic etc.) can be specified! 12A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Pillars

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References   [ + ]

1. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
2. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
3. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
4. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
5. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
6. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
7. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 47
8. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Cross
9. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P106
10. A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P160-173
11. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P101
12. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Pillars