Heraldry is the profession, study, or art of creating, granting, and blazoning arms and ruling on questions of rank or protocol, as exercised by an officer of arms.
Though the practice of heraldry is nearly 900 years old, it is still very much in use. Many cities and towns in Europe and around the world still make use of arms. A coat of arms is a unique heraldic design on a shield, escutcheon, surcoat, or tabard.
Hundreds of individual symbols, shapes and mottos make up your family coat of arms. Wearing or displaying your family heraldry is a powerful way to stay connected to your ancestry.