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An extensive listing of Heraldry learning links carefully researched to truly assist the heraldry enthusiast and professional alike. We have deliberately omitted sites with those annoying pop up ads; and sites that basically provide duplicate information. As this link list grows, it will be divided in to more categories.


A pictorial glossary, of about 520 illustrations, representing the more common heraldic terms. You can browse through these images; then, by clicking on the picture of a heraldic figure, you will find out its name, in 6 languages (French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch). This is a terrific resource and a good place to start for those interested in Heraldry. The link site is operated by Francois Velde, who works as an economist, but has been a lover of heraldry since his childhood days, in France. A links site to Bookmark!

This links site brought to you by the folks at Ancestry.com provides for blazons of crests (portion above the helmet), taken from the famous Fairburn’s historical reference. It cover England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. A valuable resource for studying English heraldry. A little difficult to navigate but with practice you’ll get the hang of it. The original book was likely scanned, so some of the spelling is off a little, but otherwise, thank you to ancestry.com for providing this.

Thanks to Jim Trigg for keeping this links site going. The information is based on the original book by James Parker, of 1894. The site is extremely detailed as it describes heraldry terms and how they are applied in various arms. It's a great links site to study, and let’s hope, it stays around for a very long time.

A terrific links site to look up your Irish family motto. Many of the mottoes you will not find on other sites. Operated by Mervyn J Rossiter with our thanks. Slainte

Over 8,000 family mottoes are featured from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Largest resource of its kind. Offered free from the good folks at Armorial Gold. Even if your family does not have a motto, this is place to get one; as mottoes are not individually protected, anyone can use a motto, regardless if someone else is using it. When you get to the site, scroll to the right and click on “Family Mottoes”.

Brought to you by the folks at Euraldic, these are primarily the mottoes you will find in Rietstap’s Armorial. Mottoes are in French, Latin, Spanish, German and more. If you find a motto that interests you, select and copy it, and try a Google search…you may find a translation. Good work Marc!

Rietstap's Armorial was a marathon heraldry coat of arms project, of some 130,000 coats of arms from around the world. Mr. Marc Letellier, who owns this links site, provides you with all the Blazons (descriptions) transcribed from the original manuscript. Although it is in French, with a few short lessons and maybe a good online dictionary, you can master it. It's one of the most popular heraldry resources.

Thanks to Willem van den Berg who brings us this terrific learning links site. A convenient searchable database of this famous collection makes it easy to find the name you are looking for. The author has spent hundreds of hours to complete. There's a small subscription fee to view some 130,000 blazons (heraldic descriptions of coats of arms) from around the world that is sure to help the heraldry enthusiast and the professional alike. Very Impressive Willem

If you’re into French surnames, especially French Canadian or French American names (from Louisiana and the like), this site tries to solve the mystery of “Dit Names”. The information is provided by the American-French Genealogical Society, with compilation and research by Rita Elise Plourde; when you get to this links site scroll down, and read about “Dit Names”, before you start searching for yours.

Here you type in a heraldic term in French, German, English, Dutch, Spanish or Italian to get the translation chosen. This is handy when you're researching using a book that is not in your native tongue. It's the only one available that we know of.

A beautiful site, some 1500 pages on Heraldry, created by Hervé Dupuis. The Glossary of Heraldic Terms, although in French, is an excellent resource for those who understand that spoken word. Lots of great images and a very impressive links section on French Heraldry. Good Work Hervé.

This site is brought to you by the good folks at “New Advent”. Ecclesiastical heraldry naturally divides itself into various branches, principally: the arms of religious corporations, and other bodies; the insignia of ecclesiastical dignity, rank, or office; the charges, terms, and forms of general heraldry having a religious or ecclesiastical origin, usage, or character; the emblems or devices attributed to or typifying particular saints or other beings venerated by the Church. A very informative site!

A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. Thanks to Darryl Lundy and his immense contribution for providing this heraldry links site. When you get to the site, simply click on a letter to see if your name is referenced.

From the good folks at Scotclans.com out of Edinburgh, this site although commercial in nature has some terrific resources for those researching Scottish clans, septs, crests and clan histories. When you get to the site, click on Clan A-Z (at the top) for a list of clans, and then click on the clan you want. It provides a little history and other information on the clan. To see the badge/crest click on “Crest” on the left. To look up a sept, click on “what’s my clan”, from main page. Good work folks.

We thought we would include this famous site, started in 1986 by Cyndi Howells, the Queen of Genealogy. The link is to the heraldry section, which provides some research links that we may not have covered. I am always amazed when I drop by this site, and the success it has enjoyed. Congratulations Cyndi

The Largest free heraldry symbolism and heraldry dictionary on the net. When you get to the site, click on “Learning Center” on the right. This takes you to a series of options which include symbolism, dictionary, a tutorial on how to blazon, a history section, and some other interesting tutorials. Worth a Look!



We have divided this links section into two categories: vector and bitmap. Vector art has a transparent background and colors can be changed with the click of your mouse. Vector images can be enlarged without losing resolution, and outlines are crisp and smooth. Bitmaps or what are called raster images include Jpeg, Gif, Bmp, Tif, and others. These formats are primarily for programs like Photoshop, Paint and the like, although they also open in other graphic programs. Raster images generally have a solid background.




They offer the largest collection of heraldry art in vector format, in the world. At this writing, over 29,000 images are offered in a choice of vector formats…probably the nicest Heraldry clipart on the Internet.

This group offers several packages of heraldry clipart; for example you can buy just the Lions of Heraldry; they offer 100 lions from $39.00 and they throw in 5-6 different formats. FDL also offers many other products and services including custom work, which is a hard-to-find service. Check out their Clan Badge collection…impressive.

This Russian based site offers a myriad of vector images including some fine civic heraldry from around the world. EG: you can buy 1100 images in your choice of formats for $59.00. It’s worth a look!

Operated by a Mr. Hosford, from Australia, this site offers a collection of heraldry clipart, as well as name and coat of arms software. The coat of arms software is well done. They have been pleasing us since 1986.

Operating since 1987, this site is primarily photos, but if you click on the link, select “clipart” and keyword “heraldry”, you will see some interesting heraldry clipart. The art is a little pricey, but the quality appears very good. They sell images individually and also have some package offers.



A Free site offering some 3,000 GIF files you can download from the site. Although low resolution, they make great web art and an excellent guide to heraldic charges. Terrific for the Student! Jim has numerous websites offering heraldic products, and was trained in heraldry by the former Herald for the Knights of Malta

Thousands of Coats of Arms are displayed here, and you can download a low resolution version for personal, non-commercial use; primarily arms from Ireland, but also has many other countries available. The free images are in GIF or JPEG formats. The site does make a good resource but keep in mind most individual names had several coats of arms registered…some names, hundreds of arms were recorded. Certainly worth a visit. Mr. Googhegan is known in Heraldry circles as the “Irish” king.

From the folks at Wikipedia, this site offers great examples of Civic heraldry that you can download. File formats from GIFS, SVG and PNG, and most images are in color. They also have a great flag archive. Check it out



This links section includes coats of arms from various countries, as well as personal arms; when the website is not in English we provide you with instructions on how to access the images. Those of you in the design business will find these heraldry links an excellent resource.


If you are researching German heraldry this site has a good selection of German coats of arms for the famous Siebmacher's Wappenbuch. There about 15,000 coats of arms from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and more. By selecting the Place Name Index you can see all the countries and states covered. You can enlarge individual drawings by clicking on them.

A Dutch site operated by Walter Andreas Groen who has done a nice job rendering several hundred Dutch coats of arms. When you get to the site click on “Familiewapens” and this will take you to an alpha listing. For contact information click on “Voor reacties” which you will find on the far left, near the bottom

This special link site is brought to you by Jozef A. Wawrzak, and features some of the more ancient Polish coats of Arms. Nice reference for those who want to create their own arms based on historical records. Good Jozef.

Operated by Ralf Hartemink this site is probably the largest heraldry site on the Net. It features Civic arms from just about every country/canton/state in the world. It really is a nice resource and has taken years to develop. Thanks Ralph for sharing your legacy with us.

This page is owned by the Societas Heraldica Scandinavica (SHS), the heraldry society, which since 1959 has united heraldry enthusiasts in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Primarily written in one of the Nordic languages, although you will find English descriptions as well. You can click on one of the shields to see the full achievements. You will note that the charges used in some cases are very unusual which likely explains why heraldry brokers rarely offer them. The Society is also mentioned in the “associations” section.

This link states that it provides 2500 Civic coats of arms and some 25,000 personal arms and blazons. Arriving at the site, click on "familia" for blasons, "escudos" for personal arms. The word "enlaces" means "links". It appears to be a work in progress, but well worth the visit.

Heraldaria brings this link site to you. Although in Spanish, you need only type in a name, and click on "Buscar", to see the images associated with the surname. It provides their interpretation of arms and in most cases also gives you alternate arms from various areas of Spain, for the same surname. The Learning resources are particularly good if you understand the Spanish language. A Superior resource link!

This link site features a very broad array of Spanish coats of arms in a convenient visual database. The arms feature the blazons and in some cases, pertinent history. Worth a look!

A nice research site featuring historical Coats of Arms of the noble families of Sicily. Just click on “Famiglie Nobili” (which means noble family). They are all listed in the center of the page. Each family has a coat of arms displayed. An impressive resource.

Hundreds and hundreds of coats of arms of Italy’s Piedmont province. Scroll down and click on a letter to see the coat of arms. Let’s hope this site stays up as it’s a fabulous reference tool.


This heraldry links section features heraldry gifts from various suppliers. These include not only the coats of arms renderings on paper it shows where to get heraldry rings, glassware, wood engravings, clothing, and much more. The rings are particularly nice….more will be added to this section as they are recommended to us, and as we research them.

There are many sites that sell rings; most are resellers. This site brought to you by familysealrings seems to be a manufacturer and the work is particularly good. Lots of categories to browse through. The craft is experiencing a resurgence of sorts, and we’re happy for that.

The John Christian Co. was founded by John Waugh and this site obviously specializes in fine craftsmanship. The rings and cufflinks are extremely attractive, and you can now order hand embroidered coat of arms. A pretty site, worth visiting.

This is a very interesting site offered by Audrey Kerwoord and Andy Jenkins. It features beautiful tapestries hand-crafted in Belgium, France and Italy. There are some heraldic ones in the Medieval and Bayeux sections. Certainly worth checking out!

Brought to you by Thomas Flack, Master Engraver, this site offers a myriad of “hand engraved” gifts and keepsakes. From glasses, to rings, to brass plates, to seals. Looks like excellent work, and it’s rare to find an artist who appears to have perfected the craft of hand engraving. Take a look!

From the good folks at CafePress, this site offers thousands of silk-screened clothing and gifts. The company offers artists or those having licenses for art, to join their network. You provide the art, and CafePress provides the website and does the imprinting. When you get to the site key-in “heraldry” in the top command bar.

Brought to you by Mike from Origins of Names, this site is a heraldry wish list for just about anything you can think off. They do have an embroidered clothing section, and the link takes you there. The sweatshirts look good…

Thank you to Brian Rawlings for bringing us this impressive site. Featured are three dimensional coats of arms, crests, emblems, insignia, military badges, trademarks and company logos, modeled or carved in sculptural relief. An award winner, and worth a look-see.

Brought to you by the good folks at The Irish Rose, this site features gifts of all kinds, specializing in Irish Coats of Arms and Irish emblems. When you get to the site click on “other coats of arms items”. The paper-weights are very nice. Note that the navigation buttons for this section are at the top-right.

If you’re looking for good quality Heraldry lapel pins or key-chains, this Irish Gift site offers them at a very reasonable price. When you get to the site click on “Irish Coats of Arms”. The business is owned by Maeve O’Mara and Liam O’Neill, both of whom hail from County Cork, and is located in St Paul Minnesota.

Brought to you by Jack and Carolyn Frost, from down-under, this gift store features many heraldry gifts. The Coffee mugs are particularly nice as they have a little history on the back, and the quality looks very good. Worth a “Boo”.

Baz Manning has been painting since the age of 4 and sign-wrote his first commercial sign when he was 15. After a period as a painter in the Royal Air Force and the civilian spraying industry, he retrained to master his first love of sign-writing. It was while at college that he was introduced to heraldry as an art form. Amazing work!

Hall of Names brings you a framed parchment with surname history and coat of arms.

We include this 1961 company because the surname history is hand-scribed, and is different from what you would general see on the Net.

Linda Clifford is considered, by many, as the Queen of Tartans, and is fondly referred to as the “Tartan Lady”. When you get to the site, click on “Tartans”. Here, you will be able to view samples of most of the Scottish and Irish Tartans. Keep up the good work, Linda!

Brought to you by the good folks at Kathleen's Dream , this site offers a nice selection of Irish gifts, including coats of arms products and custom embroidery. Check out the crystal glassware!

Societygifts.com provides a service that delivers some of the most thoughtful and beautiful gifts from around the world to anywhere in the world. Check out the Cufflinks.


With thousands of coats of arms, this site has a convenient search feature and when you want more information on a coat of arms, simply click on the buy button and you’ll see all the products you can order. The site was crafted by John Lehman and he welcomes requests for coats of arms not featured on the site.


Brought to you by a store owner at Zazzle.com. In addition to shirts, mugs, ties, mousepads, and other gifts, the store is currently being expanded to include posters, pillows, electronic cases (iPhone, iPad, Kindle etc.) and many other new products. Good work John.



This heraldry links section can very helpful when researching a coat of arms that you can’t find through regular sources. You should keep in mind that sending an email looking for free information is not likely to bring you a response. You should, rather, offer to pay a nominal fee or donation for any information you are looking for; this will help to show your sincerity. We have also included Heraldry Societies that can register your coat of arms. You should also note that many countries no longer have official bodies and seem to rely on other associations to provide the assistance. Government web pages can also be of help in directing you to a heraldic authority that may not have a web presence, but may be able to assist you.

Covers all Scandinavian countries including Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland. For the email contact click on “Kontakt”

The Court of the Lord Lyon is the heraldic authority for Scotland. It deals with all matters relating to Scottish Heraldry and Coats of Arms and maintains the Scottish Public Registers of Arms and Genealogies.

The Heraldry Society of Scotland was founded in 1977 with the objective of promoting the study of heraldry and encouraging its correct use in Scotland and Overseas. A very informative site.

The Imperial College of Heraldry of The Holy Roman Empire of The German Nation, the supreme Governing Authority over all Heraldic matters and usage of Heraldry in The German Empire of The First Reich . The site is wide so you may need to adjust your browser, and at the top left you can turn off the sound by clicking on the tiny black square. Scroll down for contact information by mail or email

Heraldic authority for England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and most of the Commonwealth of Nations.

The Heraldry Society exists to increase and extend interest in and knowledge of heraldry, armory, chivalry, genealogy and allied subjects. The Society is non-profit making, and is registered as an educational charity. Membership is open to all. Check out the members arms….pretty.

The Swiss Heraldry Society (Schweizerische Heraldische Gesellschaft) has been in existence since 1891, and if anyone can help you with your research they certainly can. The languages available are German, French and Italian. They also have numerous links to Swiss oriented websites.

A Decree from 3 February 1998 allows the private persons and the institutions to bear a coat of arms. The mode of enforcement of the Law is prescribed by the Decree from 17 July 2000. The coat of arms must be approved by the Flemish Heraldic Council. Here is their website. Although in Dutch, one can browse and find an email link, and a postal address for enquiries.

The American College of Heraldry is a Chartered, non-profit body established in 1972, with the aim of aiding in the study and perpetuation of heraldry in the United States and abroad. Registrations are restricted by policy to American citizens or residents, as well as to others with significant personal or business connections in America.

The Augustan Society’s program of registering coats of arms, badges, and standards began in June 1966.

The Canadian Heraldic Authority is responsible for the creation of new coats of arms, flags and badges for Canadian citizens and corporate bodies. Find out about heraldry and its role in Canada today. Learn how armorial bearings are designed and granted, and see examples of the work of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Instituto Português de Heráldica (The Portuguese Institute of Heraldry). When you get to the site click on “Entrar” to enter. Then scroll down and click on”contactor o instituto”. This does not appear to be a registering body but there is an email link for enquiries. The site is a work in progress

Burke’s Peerage & Gentry provides for an international registry of coats of arms. When you get to the site click on “the international register of arms” to see some of the armorial bearings they have registered. They also have an extensive link section



Surnames can be found in many other categories, but if you get stuck, these links can prove very helpful.

Suzanne McVetty is a professional Genealogist and brings this site to us. Thousands of surnames from around the world with their origins fully described. There is also a search function which is good to try out as they may have some more information on the surname you’re researching. The site is part of the "My Family" network.

Brought to you by the good folks at Ancestry.com. It offers a free search of surnames in the USA and in the UK based on census records, and a little history on the name in most cases. When you get to the site, enter your last name, and then click on “update”. If the name is there, you can click on (left buttons) either “name distribution (US)” or “name distribution (UK)”…a map of the distribution will then display. A very helpful resource.

Brought to you by the fine folks at Linternaute.com. It features the top 1000 surnames in France based on census records. You can view the names in order of frequency or you can search for a name; it then displays the number of instances of that name and their ranking, as well as a map of France showing where they are located.

From the good folks at goireland.com, this is an invaluable resource when researching Irish surnames. Simply key-in the name you are researching and if they have it they tell you where the name is most prevalent, and with many entries showing a brief history of the name. A Nice site.

From the good folks at the Irish Times, this link site offers invaluable information for the Researcher of Irish surnames and more.. You can key-in a name and it gives you a description in the historical Irish/Gaelic language, as well as in English; on the right side of your search results, you'll find the surname variants. A site to bookmark.

From the good folks at Name Origin Research, this link site offers origins on about 50,000 surnames, mainly from the UK. You can key-in a name and it gives you a very nice history of the name; be sure to try spelling variants. A wonderful resource for the genealogy and heraldry communities.



This heraldry links section covers heraldic artists, flags, heraldic bookplates, heraldry newsletters, and some miscellaneous sites that you may enjoy.

The Flags of the World was created by Giuseppe Bottasini, of Milan, Italy, assisted by Željko Heimer; soon Rob Raeside took over as assistant, and in June 1998, Rob took over as Director. It’s likely the largest heraldic flag resource available, and is the only site we are mentioning at this time. When you get to the site, select “pages ordered by Country”. Thank you Rob for keeping this going!

The Society of Heraldic Art has a very thorough listing of heraldic artists of all types. Most links have beautiful art work with separate links to emails and websites of the various artists. A Must see!

Susi Galloway- Newell grew up in the heart of Europe, near the breathtaking mountain regions of Switzerland. Fascinated by ancient arts she chose a Heraldry Master Painter to teach her the skills of the trade over a period of 4 years. Further inspired, by the works of Bottichelli, Da Vinci, Michellangelo, Pre-Raphaelites, Alma-Tadema, Dali, M.C. Escher and Magritte she continued her quest as an artist. Click on the Coats of Arms Gallery to see some of her work. She is a talented gal!

Marco Foppoli is an Italian artist that specializing in heraldic art. Unique qualities about the service that Marco provides are his custom bookplates, and his ecclesiastical heraldry work. The site is offered in three languages. There is an email contact for prices. Beautiful work Marco!

Burke’s Peerage and Gentry offers a newsletter they call “The Armorial Register” You will see a link at the top of the page to subscribe to the email version.

The Baronage Press, operated by Frederick Hogarth has been around for years, and features online genealogical and heraldic data in their archives section, and general information on the history of the British Isles. Their on-line newsletter is called the Feudal Herald, and at this writing, subscriptions are free. Always a good read!

Genealogylinks.net consists of 4,200 pages of more than 45,000 Free Genealogy Links; for US, UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A Monstrous site, and what a place to start your family research!

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international member based organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Operating for some 40 years, the Society boasts some 30,000 members worldwide, and is currently chaired by Jason Williams. A Must visit!

Heraldry Today must be your first choice for books on heraldry and genealogy. Established in 1954, a member of The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, and having for fifty years kept careful records, Heraldry Today has developed a unique bibliographical reference, which is supported by an expert knowledge of Heraldry and Genealogy.

AbeBooks, the world’s largest online marketplace for books, lists over 100 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books from more than 13,500 booksellers. This great selection delivers value for all: readers find bestsellers, collectors find rare books, students find textbooks, and treasure hunters find books they’ve been seeking forever.

Alibris (pronounced "uh-LEE-briss") connects people who love books, music, and movies to thousands of independent sellers around the world. Our proprietary technology and advanced logistics allow us to offer over 60 million used, new, and out-of-print books to consumers, libraries, and retailers.

BookFinder.com is an one-stop ecommerce search engine that searches over 100 million books for sale—new, used, rare, out-of-print, and textbooks. They save you time and money by searching every major catalogue online, and letting you know which booksellers are offering the best prices and selection. When you find a book you like, you can buy it directly from the original seller; they never charge a mark-up.

A terrific history resource center, focusing on medieval castles, and includes a castle glossary. Read about some of the most notorious castles in medieval Europe. A well crafted site!


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