Waldo Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Waldo Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Waldo blazon are the bend and leopard’s face. The two main tinctures (colors) are or and azure.

Or is the heraldic metal Gold, often shown as a bold, bright yellow colour. It is said to show “Generosity and elevation of the mind” 1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35. Later heralds, of a more poetic nature liked to refer to it as Topaz, after the gemstone, and, for obvious reasons associated it with the Sun 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In drawings without colour it is usually represented by many small dots, or by the letter ‘O’ 3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77.

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.

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 6Boutell’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). 7A 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 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P49.

The leopard’s face (sometimes, incorrectly referred to as a leopard’s head occurs very frequently in heraldry 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Lion. Early heraldic artists tended to treat lions and leopards as the same animal, but during the development of British Heraldry the heads of the two creatures have adopted separate, and more realistic forms. Wade would have us associate leopards with warriors, especially those who overcome ”hazardous things by force and courage” 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P65

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Waldo Name

The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Waldo family.  Waldo is a local name.  Waldo is a name for someone who resided in or near the woods.  Many cultural groups resided in the German states in old times.  Each had its language and traditions, and unique variations of popular names.  Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia.  German names characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer.  More contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in old times like authors noted names according to their sound.  The noted spelling variations of Waldo include Waldau, Waldauer, Waldov, Waldauw, Waldowe, Waldow, Waldo (English), Waldaw, Walde, Zumwalt, Zumwald, Zumwalde and much more. More common variations are: Walido, Walldo, Walado, Waldeo, Waldoh, Wauldo, Waldoo, Waldoe, Wald, Walidou.

The surname Waldo first appeared in the Franconian-Bavarian border, where the name emerged in old times as one of the notable families of the region.  From the 13th century, the surname recognised with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the advancement of the nation.

Some of the people with the surname Waldo who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Richard Waldo, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607.  Cornelius Waldo, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1654.  John Waldo, who arrived in New England in 1675. Some of the people with the surname Waldo who came in the Canada in the 19th century included Volney Waldo, who arrived in Canada in 1831.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Or, a bend azure between three leopards' faces gules. Crest: A griffin's head, erased, vert.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
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, P76-77
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. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 39-40
7. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P22
8. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P49
9. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Lion
10. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P65