Crossley 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".
Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) (Crossley Hall, co. York). Ar. a cross crosslet gu.
2) (Bart.). Motto—Omne bonum ab alto. Gu. a chev. indented erm. betw. two cross crosslets in chief and a saltire in base or. Crest—A demi hind erased ppr. charged with two bars and holding betw. the feet a cross crosslet or.
3) (Scaitcliffe, co. Lancaster). Motto—Credo et amo. Per chev. or and vert in chief a cross tau betw. two crosses moline fitchee gu. in base a hind trippant ar. charged upon the shoulder with a cross tau of the third. Crest—A hind's head couped ar. holding in the mouth a cross moline fitchee and charged upon the breast with a cross tau gu
Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Crossley Name
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Crossley Coat of Arms Meaning
The main device (symbol) in the Crossley blazon is the cross crosslet. The two main tinctures (colors) are ermine and gules.
Ermine is a very ancient pattern, and distinctive to observe. It was borne alone by John de Monfort, the Earl of Richmond and Duke of Brittany in the late 14th century It has a long association with royalty and the nobility in general and hence represents “Dignity” wherever it is found . The ermine pattern is white with, typically, a three dots and a dart grouping representing the tail of the furred creature.. The ermine spot is sometimes found alone as a special charge on the shield.
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines . Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).
No other symbol appearing in heraldry is subject to as much variation as the cross . 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. Since no two arms could be identical there arose many variants of the cross. The cross crosslet is one of these, being symetrical both vertically and horizontally and having an additional cross bar on each arm. Wade suggests that these additional crossing signify “the fourfold mystery of the Cross”.