Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Az. a chev. ar. (another, or).

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Lathbroke Coat of Arms and Family Crest

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Lathbroke Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Lathbroke blazon is the chevron. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and azure.

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) 1. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2.

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 3. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 4.

The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield 5, or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.6. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” 7, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.

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References

  • 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 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
  • 4 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 5 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various)
  • 6 The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859
  • 7 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45