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New grants by the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Darrel Kennedy of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada has notified that the Canadian Heraldic Authority has posted 101 to 200 of Volume V of the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada.

You could find the list of all those arms in this link.

As you will notice, these are arms granted from January 15, 2007 through February 15, 2008

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As you will see there, the province of Alberta was granted new arms on January 15, 2008. The image is that above and the blazon of the arms is: Azure in front of snowy mountains a range of grassy hills proper, in base a wheat-field Or surmounted by a prairie proper, on a chief Argent a cross Gules.

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However, my favorite are the arms above granted (with differences) to Christopher William Cook, Michelle Evelyn Cook and Nicole Carlita Cook. The blazon is very simple: Or two square flaunches Purpure.

I especially like the dragonfly supporters. I can honestly say that this is a first for me.

I strongly suggest going through the whole list to see some of the excellent work done by the CHA.

101 to 200 of Volume V of the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada

Obtaining a new coat of arms

We’ve discussed the uniqueness of arms and what to do about dealing with duplication or usurpation of arms. Now, it’s time to address the question of how to get arms in the first place.

The assumption is that if you’re interested in this topic, you haven’t inherited arms through some ancestor (typically father). If you have, then perhaps you’ll be interested in a previous post on cadency.

If you’re still reading then you don’t currently have arms and would like to become armigerous. Let me start by saying that you don’t have to be a member of nobility to have arms. However, depending on where you live, you may have to jump through a few hoops to get them and it may cost you.

In countries where heraldry is tightly controlled, such as England, Scotland, Canada, Ireland and South Africa, one may apply to the local heraldic authority for a grant of arms. The beauty of this approach is that the obtained coat of arms is granted by a government authority, registered, guaranteed to be unique (in the jurisdiction) and finally come with Letters Patent. On the other hand, the downside is that these cost a substantial amount of time and may take up to 2 or 3 years from application to receipt of the Letters Patent. It should be noted that in some cases one can petition for arms at the heraldic authority of choice provided the appropriate criteria are met (usually descent from the country in question).

In the other countries, such as the United States, free assumption of arms is the norm. It can be as simple as putting together a shield and using it all the way to consulting with heraldic artists (amateur or professional) to come up with it. After creating the arms, it is highly recommended that they get registered with one or more of the many registries that exist.

Another service these registries offer is the creation of arms and part of the package is to register them as well as design them.

Heraldic authorities where one can petition for arms:

Online locations where one can request assistance for a new coat of arms:


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