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England Coat of Arms Meaning

The three main devices (symbols) in the England blazon are the lion, bar wavy and ermine spot. 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.

The bold red colour on a heraldic shield is known as gules. It has a long history within heraldry, it is known that one of those who besieged the scottish castle of Carlaverock in 1300 was the French knight Euremions de la Brette who had as his arms a simple red shield.3The Siege of Carlaverock, N. Harris, Nichols & Son, London, 1828, P180. The word gules is thought to come from the Arabic gule, or “red rose” 4Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 313. Later writers associated it with the precious stone ruby and the metal iron 5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53, perhaps because of the red glow of iron in the heat of the blacksmith’s forge.

The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 7Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 9A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.

The bar is a thin, horizontal stripe across the centre of the shield, usually in groups of two or three (any more and there would be confusion with barry, a treatment of horizontal lines of alternating colours). It is also possible to place decorative edges along bars, typically these are smaller than those found on the major ordinaries like the fess and pale, but have the same design and share the same meanings. The decorative edge pattern Wavy, is a typical example of this. For obvious reasons it is associated with both water and the sea 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P40. Indeed, a roundel with alternating bars of azure and argent (blue and white) is known by the shorthand term fountain, representing water at the bottom of a well 12A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Water. Other colours have also been used and the result can be very pleasing to the eye.

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 13A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P69 It has a long association with royalty and the nobility in general and hence represents “Dignity” wherever it is found 14The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P39. The ermine pattern is white with, typically, a three dots and a dart grouping representing the tail of the furred creature.15Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 28. The ermine spot is sometimes found alone as a special charge on the shield.

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the England Name

Scotland:

Those who bear the surname of England in the country of Scotland can be found in Angus, Aberdeenshire, and Banffshire counties.

United States of America:

Those who carry the surname of England in the United States are in Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois.

Here is the population distribution of the last name England: United States 34,038; England 11,094; Canada 2,531; Australia 2,425; Wales 813; South Africa 804; New Zealand 760; Algeria 714; Germany 538; Jamaica 518

Notable People:

Arthur Jay England Jr. (1923-2013) who was jurist and lawyer from America, and who served as a member of the Florida Supreme Court in the year 1975 to the year 1981

Anthony Wayne “Tony” England (born in 1942) who is a geochemist and astronaut from America, former NASA astronaut with over 188 hours in space

Douglas B. England, who was a Democratic politician from America, and who served as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Indiana, in the year 1996 and then again in the year 2000

Dean England, who was a politician from America, and who was considered as a Candidate for the Mayor of Walker, Michigan in the year of 2001

Charles England, who is a politician from America, and who has served as the Mayor of Grand Prairie, Texas from the year of 1992 to present

Cecil W. England, who was a politician from America, and who served as the First Selectman of Manchester, Connecticut in the year of 1947

Arthur J. England Jr., who is a politician from America, and served as a Justice of the Florida State Supreme Court from the year 1975 to the year 1981

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Great Yarmouth; granted by Byshe, 1671, to Sir George England). Gu. three lions pass. in pale ar. each charged on the shoulder with an erm. spot. Crest—A lion’s head erased ar. charged with an erm. spot.
2) (Reg. Ulster’s Office). Ar. two bars wavy gu. Crest—A cherub ppr.

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1. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
2. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
3. The Siege of Carlaverock, N. Harris, Nichols & Son, London, 1828, P180
4. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 313
5. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
6. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172
7. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63
8. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140
9. A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45
10. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60
11. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P40
12. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Water
13. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P69
14. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P39
15. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 28