Durbin 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) (Bristol). Erminois on a bend gu. three mullets ar. Crest—A talbot pass, reguard. liver colour, charged on the shoulder with a bezant, the dexter paw supporting a lance or, headed ppr. thereon a banner displ. gu. charged with a gauntlet ar.
2) Same Arms. Crest—Issuing from a cloud in the sinister a dexter arm holding a club all ppr.
Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Durbin Name
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Durbin Coat of Arms Meaning
The two most prominent symbols in the Durbin Coat of Arms (erroneously called the Durbin Family Crest) are the mullet (star) and erminois.
The heraldic mullet, not to be confused with the fish of that name, is shown as a regular, five pointed star. This was originally, not an astronomical object, but represented the spur on a horseman’s boot, especially when peirced, with a small circular hole in the centre it represents a type of spur known as a “rowel”. A clear example can be found in the arms of Harpendene, argent, a mullet pierced gules. The ancient writer Guillim associated such spurs in gold as belonging to the Knight, and the silver to their esquires. In later years, Wade linked this five pointed star with the true celestial object, the estoile and termed it a “falling star”, symbolising a “divine quality bestowed from above”.
Erminois is a varied tincture (color) in heraldry or a fur resembling ermine but with black spots on a gold ground. It represents justice, dignity, and valor.