Caspar Coat of Arms
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Choose the design you like best, just your ancestors did when they painted these symbols on the shields they carried into battle and displayed in their homes. These coats of arms are real, historical works of art/culture dating back as far as 1100AD. Most of these designs were compiled and documented by genealogists and heraldists in large books published in the nineteenth century. These arms were owned by individuals who bore your surname, and were passed down through the generations from father to son, earning the monicker "family crest".
Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Caspar Name
The Polish Caspar surname is of patronymic origin. It is a surname that formed from the first name of the father of the original bearer of the name. The Christian name Kaspar is of Old Germanic origin, acquiring from the Persian word for Treasurer.” More common variations are: Caspari, Caspary, Caspare, Casapar, Casparo, Cuaspar, Caspara, Caspair, Caspaur, Casparie.
The surname Caspar first found in Polesie, the largest county of Poland. It inhabited by Ruthenians, called Polesians, of Ukrainian descent. The main towns are those of Brest Litovsk, Pinsk, Kobryn, Kamenets, Litovsk, and Luninets.
Some of the people with the name Caspar who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Hans Caspar, who arrived in Carolina in 1734. John Peter Caspar, aged 16, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740. Some of the people with the surname Caspar who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Philipp Caspar, who landed in Brazil in 1823. Ohann Caspar, who landed in America in 1841. John Caspar, aged 45, who landed in Missouri in 1842. Mrs. Caspar, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851. Georg Caspar, who came to Texas in 1854. Some of the individuals with the surname Caspar who came in the Canada in the 19th century included Franz Caspar, who landed in Quebec in 1850. Some of the population with the surname Caspar who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century included Richard Caspar, aged 37, a farm laborer, who arrived in New Plymouth aboard the ship “Halcione” in 1875.
Caspar Coat of Arms Meaning
The three main devices (symbols) in the Caspar blazon are the estoile, moor’s head and camel. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and gules.
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 1Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”3The 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 4Understanding 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.5A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.
There were of course many widely recognised symbols that existed long before the advent of heraldry and it should be no surprise that some of these were adopted as charge in coats of arms 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P301. The estoile is a typical example, reflecting the stars in the sky and represented with six wavy points, often with a little shading to give it some depth. 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Estoile. The ancient writer Guillim assigns these symbols as the emblems of God’s goodness”. 8A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P77
The head of a Moor is frequently borne on the arms of those at one time involved with crusades, possibly associated with some “deeds of prowess”. 9The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P93 The head is shown typically in a realistic fashion but the precise details are left to the imagination and skills of the artist! 10A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Head
In the mediaeval period there was no real percieved difference between real and mythical animals, after all, much of the world remained unknown and who was to say what strange and magical creatures existed in distant lands? Nevertheless, real animals 11A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P191 are perhaps one of the most common sights on coats of arms. The camel Is an unusual example of these, not frequently found and usually used as a form of pun (CAMELFORD for example). 12A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Camel