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Re: Family arms, OOP
Countess Ianthe writes;
> As an aside, I'm no herald (nor have I played one on T.V.)
> but on the issue of these family arms history companies - I'm
> not at all sure of the integrity and quality of their research.
> If your mundane name is "Richards", they find a historical
> family with arms of the same name and provide you with their
> blazon. As far as I can tell, no investigations of any
> real-world linkage occurs.
Actually, I think it is even worse then that. I got a letter from such a
company which told me that Harrop, a wonderful Saxon name that dates back
to the 500's, meant Hare in the Valley, and that my family arms were:
Vert, on a Pile Argent a Hare (something). I'd say blech!, except my
older brothers arms (in the SCA) are vert fretty Or, a hare (springing)
argent and my wife's arms (in the SCA) are vert, on a pile indented
argent, a sword inverted gules (my daughter and I invented that).
In fact, the mundane, English arms for Harrop, as borne quarterly by
Hulton-Harrop, the only person who can legally carry it, are:
Per chevon argent and sable, three eagles displayed collared and charged
with a fleu-de-lie, counter-changed. Which are damn nice arms, even if I
say so myself.
As for Harrop, my study of Anglo-Saxon suggests that it means venerable,
or wisdom of age, or simply grey-haired wisdom. And hopefully the more I
get of the former, the more I'll have of the latter.