Guilford County

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State : North Carolina

Arms (crest) of Guilford County

Official blazon

Arms: Azure in fess a lion passant Or armed and languined Gules in chief a gripped Passion Cross with a wellhead Or dexter and sinister in base a buck's head affronty and caboshed Or.
Crest: On a helm mantled Azure doubled Or, an ancient crown Or issuing therefrom a gripped Passion Cross.
Motto: Courage and Faith.


The arms were granted in July 1981.

The elements of the arms come from the arms of Dr. David Caldwell, prominent educator, minister, physician, statesman and patriot; General Nathanael Greene, commander of colonial troops at the Revolutionary Battle of Guilford Courthouse and namesake of the county seat of Greensboro; and the first and second Earls of Guilford, for whom the County was named. From the Caldwell arms come the gripped Passion Cross in the crest and on the shield, and the well heads of the shield. From the Greene arms come the buck of the supporters and the buck's head on the shield. From the Guilford arms come the lion of the shield, the ancient crown of the crest, and the mastiff of the supporters. The motto Courage and Faith was felt to be characteristic of the County's first settlers: the English and Welsh Quakers on the west and south, the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in the center, and the German Calvinists and Lutherans on the east.

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