Coats of Arms often also vary according to the generations, as in most countries the original design of Coat of Arms were handed down from father to the oldest son.
The succeeding son's Arms were can also be slightly modified to reflect his own individual achievement.
This has resulted in several different designs for descendants of the same family gradually being developed over a period of many generations.
It is therefore important when following the rules of Heraldry, when anyone is attempting to have a coat of arms produced that is associated with their own particular surname and they can therefore prove direct descent in the male line from the original bearer of the arms.
It emerged at a time during the mid-12 century when fighting men became unrecognisable inside their suits of armour to both friend and foe alike.
It soon emerged that by decorating the shield with a design that was unique to that particular person it could also be seen from a distance.
Heralds were originally appointed to organize and make the announce at tournaments, to act as diplomats and to record the various insignia borne by the individuals and to carry as a non combatant messenger, messages from place to place, as well as to make declarations of war.
In the early Middle Ages the Chief herald was called the Marshal.
This will insure that the design of the coat of arms is in fact directly linked to their own particular family and not simply someone who is unrelated, but happens to share the same surname as their own; for details about how individual Coat of Arms or Crests are produced in wood or bronze; The word Herald is said to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word here meaning an army and wald meaning strength, although it is thought it originated from the German word Herold.
Many heralds were originally minstrels who after tournaments or battles extolled the deeds of the victors.
Heraldry, with its Coat of Arms and Crests although viewed by many as an ancient art form, is an exciting picture language in colour with its heraldic signs and symbols often incorporate a glorious mle of golden crowns and coronets, lions, eagles, fabulous beasts and mythological creatures, birds, fishes, flowers and busts of men and women.Heraldry is often seen as much of a science as an art and often refers to the design of the Achievements for a particular surname which is also often linked to a specific place or occupation.