Family Crest Search
I've put together this modest web
site to help point anyone doing a family crest or coat of arms search on the internet in the right direction. You
can use the links on the right to start searching.
I've been looking for family crests and coats of arms on the
web since the 90's and I have kind of gotten good at it.
There are a lot of places on the internet where you
can find family crests for specific surnames or groups
(armorials) of coats of arms from specific countries.
Sometimes you can only look at them and
sometimes you can download them as well. The quality of the downloads
will range from poor to average. If you want something nice, you will probably have to pay for it. If the family
crests you find at these locations are of any use to you, I'll
leave that up to you to decide.
I'm also going to give you a few
tips on how to do your search and also lead you to the best places to look for family
How would you like to see a full color illustration of a coat of arms for your name along
with a bit of the history of the name. It's a goldmine for coat of arms research. Point your browser
to House of
Names. Enter your name in the "Search for
surname" box on the top left side of the page. Or use the search box below.
Another terriffic place to start is http://boutique.genealogie.com/blasons/ . It's also listed on the menu on the
right under Rierstap's Armorial General. It has 120,000 color illustrations of family crests/coats of arms
from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland and more.
You can also jump over to Coats of Arms and Family Crests. There are coats of arms for 600 popular names and more are added
Another website is Free Coats of Arms. There are over 2,000 coats of arms ready for download.
If you don't mind spending five bucks for a beautiful coat of arms in JPG format, delivered via
email, check out 5DollarCoatsofArms.com. There are also
thousands of sample coats of arms there.
Also try the Google Images search trick on the right panel.