The Wall of Shields

(and Coats of Arms and Seals)

The following are some of the Shields, Coats of Arms and Seals I have encountered while researching my ancestry.
~ James "Jamie" Arthur Johnson

Verified Ancestries with Verified Shields
(and Coats of Arms and Seals)

"Virtue the Reward of Bravery"
Skeen comes from Scottish sgian, a dagger the ancestor used to save the king from a wolf. Skeen/(De) Skene Ancestry


Clan Skene Crest:
Virtutis Regia Merces
"A palace the reward of bravery"
Clan Skene Ancestry

The Kearns name is an anglicized form of the Irish name Ó Céirín or Ó Ciaráin, (source)

"fidens et constans"
Stand firm on trust

This Propst line is of German (Saxony/Bavaria) origin, not Swiss origin. The name is derived from probst, a provost of a Roman Catholic Church diocese (in Germany). Propst Ancestry

Granted to Rexrode or von-Rexrode from Wanfried in Hesse of southwestern Germany between Thuringia and the Rhine River. Rexrode/Rexroad/Rexroth/Recksrodt Ancestry

Rexrode is derived from a village mentioned in 1337 as Reystras and in 1490 as Rexraide though a legend says this family made weapons and armor for Otto the Red, hence the Latin Rex for "king" paired with the old German roth for "red." Rexrode/Rexroad/Rexroth/Recksrodt Ancestry

Another version of the von-Recksrodt/Reckerodt/Rexrode/Rexroad Shield
Rexrode/Rexroad/Rexroth/Recksrodt Ancestry

Eye is likely German in origin, seen also as Au, Auge, Awe and Owie.
Eye/Au/Owie Ancestry

Campbell is a Scottish name appearing in both the paternal (via Malinda Campbell Johnson) and maternal (via John Campbell) ancestries of James Arthur Johnson.

Forbes is a Scottish name that goes back to Scottish Royalty (Robert the Bruce) and other notable royal relatives. The Forbes line married into the De Skene/Skene/Skeen line.

The Bruce Clan is that of my ancestor Robert the Bruce (King Robert I of Scotland). Its motto Fuímus means "We have been."

Veritas vincit - "Truth Conquers."
Keith Ancestry

Jamais arrière - "Never behind." Also "Tender and true" and "Forwards."
Douglas Ancestry

Verified Ancestries with Unverified Shields
(and Coats of Arms and Seals)

Ad virtus astra - "Virtue to the stars"
Cranford Ancestry

Ad virtus astra - "Virtue to the stars"
Cranford Ancestry

The English Johnson Coat of Arms. My Johnson line appears to have origins in southern and central England.
The Early Johnsons

The Johnson shield may be one of these (but not Scottish).

See note regarding Cranford shields.

Unverified Ancestries with Unverified Shields
(and Coats of Arms and Seals)

The arms of the Maules of Panmure are distiguished from those of the French family by the border being partitioned and the charges counterchanged. The number of escallops was eight in the arms of Sir William De Maule drawn ca.1296, but nine by his son Sir Henry ca. 1320.
De Maule Ancestry

Gilleberti Filii Gilleberti Sigilum Comitis
"Gilbert son of Gilbert Earl Seal"
Gilbert fitz Gilbert de Clare "Strongbow",
1st Earl of Pembroke

Richard de Clare "Strongbow" seal
2nd Earl of Pembroke, conqueror of Ireland and Justice of Ireland, son of Gilbert fitz Gilbert de Clare
de Clare "Strongbow" Ancestry

Seal of King Robert II of France, "The Pious" (le Pieux) or "The Wise" (le Sage)
Vermandois Ancestry

Ukrainian coin depicting Sviatoslav I of Kiev
Kievan Ancestry

Coin of King Olaf of Sweden
Olof Skötkonung (may have been known as Olaf Eriksson, though it this is not reliably referenced)
Viking Ancestry

Wida Sigillum Hedwigis "Wida Seal of Hedwig"
Hedwiga (Hathui of Babenberg), Hedwig, Gemahlin Heinrich X. (wife of Henry X; she was his widow), Vogt von Weida, wife of Otto I (Duke of Saxony), mother of Henry the Fowler
Carolingians: Hedwiga

Seal of Henry the Fowler, son of Otto I and Hedwiga, from a document dated 30 March 925 with the words Heinricus Rex "Henry King," Duke of Saxony from 912 and the King of Germany from 919 until his death in 936.
Carolingians: Henry the Fowler

Honorary Shields

by my daughter Leona

The shield; you will fight for me.
I chose the tree; you help me to grow.
A star for you are the third-born son.
The helmet; you are my knight in
shining armor.

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A shield I drew to show the things that are important to me.


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Developed in January 2019.