Dawn Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Dawn Name Origin & History

Variations of this name are: Dawney, Dawnay, Dawne.

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Dawn Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Dawn blazon are the rose, bend, arrow and annulet. The two main tinctures (colors) are vert and azure.

The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!

Azure is the heraldic colour blue, usually quite a deep, dark shade of the colour (there is a lighter blue that sometimes occurs, known as celestial azure). If colour printing is not available then it can be represented by closely spaced horizontal lines in a scheme known as “hatching” 4Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. The word is thought to originate from the Arabic lazura and it represents the colour of the eastern sky. It is also said to be the colour associated by the Catholic Church with the Virgin Mary and hence of particular significance 5The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150.

Natural objects abound in heraldry, and one category that gives especial delight are the many flowers and flowering plants that frequently occur 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P262. The rose is also of this type, being drawn, at least a little, realistically and often to very pleasing effect. It has long been present in English heraldry, and as a badge and symbol played an enormous in English history throughout the conflict between rival dynasties known as the War of the Roses. In addition to these familial uses, Wade suggests that red roses signify “beauty and grace” and the white represents “love and faith”. 7The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P132-133

The bend is a distinctive part of the shield, frequently occuring and clearly visible from a distance – it is a broad band running from top left to bottom right 8Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 39-40. Indeed, so important is the bend that it was the subject of one of the earliest cases before the English Court of Chivalry; the famous case of 1390, Scrope vs Grosvenor had to decide which family were the rightful owners of Azure, a bend or (A blue shield, with yellow bend). 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P22. The bend is held in high honour and may signify “defence or protection” and often borne by those of high military rank 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P49.

Given the martial nature of the origins of Heraldry, in the identification of knights and men-at-arms it can come as no surprise that mediaeval weaponry of all types are frequently to be found in a coat of arms 11Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89. The regular prescence of the arrow, both singly and in groups is evidence of this. In British heraldry a lone arrow normally points downward, but in the French tradition it points upwards. 12A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Arrow. The presence of an arrow in a coat of arms is reckoned to indicate “martial readiness” by Wade. 13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P111

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (co. Chester). Ar. on a bend sa. three arrows of the field. Crest—A crane holding in the beak an oak branch ppr. Another Crest—A dexter wing or.
2) (co. Chester). Ar. two bars az. on a bend gu. three arrows of the field.
3) Ar. a buglehorns garnished and stringed sa.
4) (co. Chester). Ar. on a bend cotised az. three roses of the field.
5) (co. Chester). Barry of four az. and ar. on a bend of the first three arrows of the second.
6) (Sesay, co. York). Ar. on a bend cotised sa. three annulets (another, martlets) or.
7) (quartered by Woolcombe, of Pitton, co Devon. Visit. 1620) Or, on a bend cotised az. three cinqueioils of the field.
8) (co. Devon). Ar. on a bend cotised az. three roses or.
9) (London). Ar. on a bend vert three roses or.
10) Ar. on a bend az. cotised gu. three cinquefoils or.
11) Ar. on a bend cotised az. three wolves pass. or.
12) Ar. on a bend vert cotised az. three roses of the field.
13) Az. three roses in bend betw. two cotises or.
14) Az. two bars ar. on a bend gu. three arrows or.
15) Per pale ar. and or, three lion’s heads erased gu.
16) Ar. a buglehorn stringed sa.
17) (co. Chester). Ar. on a bend sa. three arrows of the field. Crest—A crane holding in the beak an oak branch ppr. Another Crest—A dexter wing or.
18) (Cowick, co. York, Viscount Downe). Motto—Timet pudorem. Ar. on a bend cotised sa. three annulets of the field. Crest—A demi Saracen in armour, couped at the thighs and wreathed about the temples ppr. holding in the dexter hand a ring gold, stoned az. and in the sinister a lion's gamb erased or, armed gu. Supporters—Two lions or, gorged with a fesse cotised sa. charged with three annulets ar. ducally crested of the last.
19) Ar. on a bend cotised gu. three cinquefoils or.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert
3. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
4. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
5. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150
6. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P262
7. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P132-133
8. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 39-40
9. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P22
10. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P49
11. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89
12. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Arrow
13. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P111