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Tudor Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Tudor blazon are the lion passant, fleur-de-lis, label and man’s head. The three main tinctures (colors) are gules, azure and or .

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.

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 4A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. 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” 5The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.

There can be no animal more clearly associated with Heraldry than the lion, majestic King of the Beasts. Originally it appeared only in one pose, erect, on one paw, with the others raised 9Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 64 but such was the popularity of this figure, and the need to distinguish arms from each other, that it soon came to be shown in an enormous range of forms 10Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P136-141. The lion passant is an example of these modified form, showing the creature on all fours, as if walking proudly. In common with all reprensentations of the lion it can be taken to be an “emblem of deathless courage”. 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P61

The fleur-de-lys (“flower of the lily”) has a long and noble history and was a symbol associated with the royalty of France even before heraldry became widespread. 12Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 3. The Lily flower is said to represent “Purity, or whiteness of soul”13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P134 and sometimes associated with the Virgin Mary. The fleur-de-lys is also used as a small “badge”, known as a mark of cadency to show that the holder is the sixth son of the present holder of the arms 14A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P489

The label holds a special place in heraldry, originlly being a temporary mark, used by the oldest son while his father was still alive. In appearance it is a horizontal bar near the top of the shield from which descend 3 or 5 “points” or small rectangles descending from the bar. 15A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Label In more recent use it has come to used as charge in its own right 16A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P154 and may have additional charges on each point, which can create a pleasing visual effect.

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Tudor Name

Here is the population distribution of the last name Tudor:  Romania 74,253; United States 7,206; England 4,458; Spain 2,258; Germany 1,345; Italy 1,153; Croatia 1,146; France 918; wales 779; Australia 739.

Notable People:

 

Owen Tudor who was the lover or could also be the second husband of Catherine of Valois.

Jasper Tudor was the father of king Henry VII, he was also the first duke of Bedford.

Arthur Tudor who was the eldest heir of king Henry VII and who predeceased his father.

Margaret Tudor (1489 – 1541) was queen of Scotland. She was born at Westminster Palace and is the eldest surviving daughter of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York.

Cristian Tudor is a Romanian footballer.

Henry Hugh Tudor was a British soldier, later he became police chief in Ireland.

William Tudor (1750–1819) He was a founder of the Massachusetts Historical Society and before that he was an Attorney-at-Law who served their as a Representative of Boston in the Massachusetts General Court, State Senator, Secretary of the Commonwealth.

 

Frederic Tudor (1830 – 1864) he was an American entrepreneurial based in Boston and also was known to people as the ‘Ice King’ of Boston because of his mega Tudor Ice Company.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Tudor Trevor). (Lord of Hereford, Whittington, and both Maelors; founder of the Tribe of the Marches, surnamed Trevor, from the place of his birth, co. Denbigh, son of Yntb ap Cadforch, Lord of Whittington and both Maelors, in Powys, by Rheingar, his wife, dau. and heir of Lluddoca Ap Caradoc Vreicdfras, Lord of Hereford, in South Wales. From Tudor Trevor, who d. 948, descend Trevor, of Brynkynalt and Trevallyn, co. Denbigh ; Trevor, Baron Trevor and Viscount Hampden; Trevor, Bart., of Enfield; Trevor, of Ross Trevor, co. Down; Trevor, Viscount Dungannon; Mostyk, of Mostyn and of Bryngwyn, Geyreuld, Bodscallan, Talacre, and Kilken; Edwards, of Chirk: Lloyd, of Leaton Knolls, and of Penley; Pennant, of Penrhyn Castle, Bychton, and Downing; Lord Penrhyn Dymock, of Penley; Eyton, of Eyton, and of Rhuabon; Wynne, of Eyaith and of Gwerninwawr; Edwardes, of Shrewsbury; Vaughan, of Burlton; Yonge, of Bryn Yorcin; Young, of Kingerby; Broughton, of Broughton; Jones, of Llwynon; Jones-Parry, of Plas-yn-Yale; Jeffreys, of Wem; Lloyd, of Berthllwyd, &c.). Per bend sinister erm. and ermines a lion ramp. or.
2) (Earl of Richmond, merged in the Crown 1485; Sir Owen Tudor, of ancient Welsh descent, m. Katherine, Queen Dowager of England, and widow of Henry V., by whom he had two sons: 1) Edmond, surnamed of Hadham, created by his half-brother, Henry VI., Earl of Richmond, 1452; 2) Jasper, surnamed of Hatfield, Duke of Bedford. Henry, second Earl of Richmond, only son of Edmond, first Earl of Richmondd, by Lady Margabet Beaufort, only dau. of John, Duke of Somerset, and great-grandson of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, having ascended the throne as Henry VII., the earldom merged in the Crown). (Duke of Bedford, extinct 1495; Jasper Tudor, second son of Sir Owen Tudor, by the Queen Dowager of Henry V., was created by his half-brother, Henry VI., Earl of Pembroke, 1453, and by his nephew, Henry VII., Duke of Bedford, 1485, d. s. p.). Quarterly, France and England, a border az. charged with eight martlets or. Crest—On a chapeau gu. turned up erm. a lion statant guard, and crowned all or, gorged with a plain collar az. thereon three martlets gold.
3) (Prince of Wales; arms of Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Henry VII., d. v. p., as they aprear in St. Mary Church, Oxford. Visit. Oxon, 1566). Quarterly, France and England, a label of three points ar.
4) (Duke of York; arms of Henry, Duke of York, afterwards Henry VIII., second son of Henry VII., as they appear in St. Mary Church, Oxford. Visit. Oxon, 1566). Same Arms, a label of three points ar. each point charged with an erm. spot sa.
5) (ap Griffith Vychan) (Lord of Gwyddelwern, in Merioneth, second son of Griffith Vychan, Lord of Glyndwrdwy, in Merioneth (representative of the Princes of Powys-Fadoc,) and brother, and eventually heir male of Owen Glendower. Tudor ap Griffith was upwards of 24 years old, 3 Sept., 10 Richard II., when, under the designation of “Tudor de Glendore,” he appeared as a witness in the Scrope and Grosvenor Controversy; his dau. and heir, Louisa, m. Griffith ap Einion, of Cors-y-Gedol, co. Merioneth, ancestor by her of: 1) Vaughan, of Cors-y-Gedol, co. Merioneth; 2) Yale, of Plas-yn-Yale, co. Denbigh; 3) Rogers, of Bryntangor, co. Denbigh; 4) Lloyd, of Rhaygatt, co. Merioneth). Arms of Griffith Vychan, Lord of Bromfield, eldest son of Madoc, last Prince of Powys-Fadoc , viz., Paly of eight ar. and gu. a lion ramp. sa.
6) (Tudor Vychan) (Penmonydd, co. Anglesey). Gu. a chev. betw. three men’s heads in profile ar.
7) Az. a lion ramp. or. Crest—On a mural crown or, a serpent nowed vert.
8) (granted by James II., 4 Aug. 1687, to Mary Tudor, illegitimate dau. of Charles II.). The royal arms of England as borne by James II., within a border, quarterly, erminois and counter-compony ar. and gu.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
3. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
4. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
5. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
6. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
7. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
8. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
9. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 64
10. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P136-141
11. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P61
12. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 3
13. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P134
14. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P489
15. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Label
16. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P154