Family Crest Information
What are the steps involved in ordering a Crest item?
- First, decide which item you would like your crest carved on. This can be any of our Crest Barware and Stemware pieces, home decor pieces, or framed Single and Dual crests. Our current selection can be found here. You can also reach out to us if you're looking for a crest on a different piece from what is offered.
- Next, fill in the fields on the product page to tell us the Name and Origin (if known) for the crest. If you are looking for a Scottish Clan Badge instead of our Coat of Arms layout, you can select that design option instead.
- Proceed to checkout and complete your order. If you have any additional notes or reference images, you should email them once you have placed your order and received the confirmation email.
- Once we receive the order, we will create a PDF Proof of the crest for your review. You should receive this proof within a week of placing your order. You may be given more than one crest to choose from if we are uncertain of which one is correct for you.
- Once you approve a design, it is handed off to Billy for carving. Depending on the time of year, Crest orders will usually take about 3-5 weeks to complete (this can be longer during busy seasons). If you have a due date that you need to meet, please let us know—we do our best to accommodate you.
I found a picture of a crest for my name online, can you use it?
We can certainly refer to your image when creating your crest - though we advise caution, as some online resources may have an incorrect crest listed.
My name has more than one crest, how do I know which one to use?
Generally, knowing the country of origin will help you determine which crest to pick - but in some cases there are multiple crests of the same origin! It is a matter of how sure you want to be.
We include any relevant details regarding the crests with the proof - and we encourage people to lean towards the oldest versions, as they will tend to be more accurate. You could decide based on what design is more appealing, though ultimately that is not a sure way to find the correct crest. The only way to know for certain is to trace your own personal ancestry, or supply an image of a crest you know is your own.
I noticed other names have the same crest as mine, are theirs wrong?
Not necessarily - Some different families do in fact have the same crest. They may differ in color, or proportions, or layout - or not at all. Some names have the same root name, and therefor share a crest - their spellings can be quite different in their modern forms, losing or gaining letters, or changing based on pronunciation. Some heraldic systems, such as Poland's, utilize a system where crests are assigned to groups of families rather than individuals.
I heard some crests can only be used by direct descendants?
The rules for this varies from country to country. Countries of origin with the strictest limitations have extensive records of family crests which are not open to the public to protect the ownership of those crests. In those cases, it is unlikely we'll be able to locate a description to work from.