Personal heraldry portal
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PERSONAL HERALDRY PORTAL
Personal heraldry, coats of arms of persons or families, is very complex and has been differently regulated in different countries through the years. In some countries/regions personal arms are very individual, in other countries they are connected to families. Not to family names, but to families descended from the original armiger. Again in other countries arms can be connected to clans or larger family units.
Family arms can be transferred to other family members as such, or with differentiations (small additions/changes) or not at all. Personal arms can also change during the lifetime, due to changes in status in the family, marriages etc.
In some countries (f.e. England and Scotland) personal heraldry is very much regulated. In others, like the Netherlands, only the arms of the nobility are strictly regulated and registered. Many countries have no regulations or registrations at all and people can simply assume arms.
Personal arms can be registered at a number of organisations, often, but not always, restricted to the country of origin of the armiger. Registration does not provide generally any legal protection, unless it is an official register (College of Arms in the UK or Court of Nobility in the Netherlands), although this may differ again between countries.
All this means that personal heraldry is very complicated and to make or compile an overview of personal arms, form past and current times, is basically impossible.
In this section of Heraldry of the World we currently have the following sections on personal heraldry:
In the lists below prefixes such as De, Du, Da, L', Le, La, Het, Van etc are not included. Van der Aa thus is listed under A. Only O'xxx is listed under O.