How do I search for coats of arms?
Type the surname in the scroll above and click Search.
What reference material was used when researching coats of arms?
Here’s a list of some of the main sources:
- Rietstap’s Armorial General; it was compiled in the late 19th century by Johan Baptiste Rietstap from the Netherlands, and contains some 130,000 blazons of European Families.
- Burke’s General Armory; a registry of Armorial Bearings for England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster King of Arms
- Dizionario Storico-blasonico delle famiglie nobilie notabili Italiane; probably the best resource for Italian coats of arms; it was authored by G. B. Di Crollalanza in 1886 and features about 1400 blazons.
- The Encyclopaedia Heraldica, 1828, by William Berry, who was the registering clerk for 15 years, for the College of Arms.
- A Complete Body of Heraldry, Edmondson, Joseph, 1780
- Grosses Wappenbuch, Johann Siebmacher’s (1605); nobility of Bavaria, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bukovina, the Baltic states, Alsace, and numerous other kingdoms and principalities on the continent…
- Irish Families-Edward MacLysaght , former Chief Herald of Ireland.
- Irish Arms-by Paul Murtaugh
- La Methode du Blazon-C.F. Menestrier
- Diccionario de Heraldica-J.A. Schnieper, one of our Spanish resources.
- Armorial Lusitano-a Portuguese resource, by Zairol
- Bolton’s American Armory-Charles Knowles Bolton, American Heraldry
- L’Heraldique Napoleonienne-Philippe Lamarque
Hundreds of other reference books were also used.