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Armoria familia
Family arms in South Africa
arms of a family head arms of the heir to a family headship, with a black label

This website – a branch office, so to speak, of Armoria – derives its address from the Afrikaans word for a bend or diagonal stripe, occasionally used as a mark of difference for family coats of arms. It is a mirror to a URL ending in barensteel – the Dutch word for the mark of difference an eldest son puts on his shield during his father’s lifetime, called in English a label. These names seem appropriate for sites specialising in family arms. (For an explanation of the shields left and right [the right-hand one bearing a label], click here)

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“Do you have a family crest?”a knight in his surcoat (coat of arms)

Family coats of arms
– how different devices relate to each other

man in full armour - who can he be?arms of the Bureau of Heraldry, Pretoriaarms of a French royal bastarda quarterly coat of armsarms symbolising atomic powerarms of a widow, borne on a lozengea typical crestarms with even more quartersarms of a Castilian royal bastardarms of an adopted sonarmoured man in his coat of arms

Family coats of arms
– arms of particular families

ViljoenStockenströmSnymanLord HayVan der MerweHay of ParkChristo WelgemoedHay in LeithDu PlessisRoy SnymanLance Packwood

Arms of founders and benefactors

Hendrik SwellengrebelSir Rufane DonkinGraham of FintrySir George GreyAngela, Baroness Burdett-CouttsCecil John RhodesBaron Pieter van Rheede van OudtshoornSir Benjamin d’UrbanHendrik van de Graaff

Index of families in Armoria

AubertFairbanksdel BruggeCampbellvan der EzeDurrantFieldde la WarrFlower

Certain of the articles linked to here were first published in the Algoa Sun.

Title graphics prepared using MS Picture It!® / Kudu crest drawn by David Burkart and coloured by Barrie Burr.


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