Celtic Coat of Arms

Long ago, there were no telephones, no telegraphs and no information super highway. Yet, knowing who people were, where they came from, and what their status was, was a much easier task than it is today. Because there were no mass means of communication, people used symbols to make social communication easier.

A glance at a brooch closing someone's cloak would tell you what region they were from, and possibly, even what family. A glance at a hand could tell you whether you were looking upon an available maiden, a betrothed woman, or a wife. A piece of jewelry might contain a family crest which would immediately convey status, and the industry with which your family was associated.

And a name...a name wasn't just what you were called. Names were literally who you were, what you did for a living, and what your people were known for. Today, one might hear the name "Wilcox" and at best know that it was English in origin. Back in the day, most would hear "Wilcox" and know that this was a very old family indeed, with roots tracing back prior to 1066, and with relatives who were Lords in Knassington. Respect would be accorded just upon hearing the name.

Have you ever wondered what your name once meant? What your family's Coat of Arms looked like? What industries your people were once known for? Rings from Ireland can show you.

Our Surname History, complete with Coat of Arms, is a beautiful work of art that will delight you and your family. Each document is in beautiful full-color, perfect for framing and hanging in a living room, den, or office. The Surname History comes complete with the ancient origin of your name, all the known spelling variations, noteworthy bearer's of your family name from 1500-1600, and more. Finding out your history can be ennobling at best, and sheer fun at least. Happy Hunting!