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Facts about your Coat of Arms

The following information will help explain how the DeWitt Coat of arms that you have seen on this site was interpretated and illustrated as you see it. Any information that you can add that may add insight or corrections is welcomed.

Documentation

The DeWitt Coat of Arms as you see illustrated is derived from information officially recorded in ancient heraldic archives. Documentation for the DeWitt Coat of Arms design can be found in l"Rietstap Armorial General ." Heraldic artist of old developed their own unique language to describe an individual Coat of Arms. In their language, the Arms (shield) is as follows: (written in french)

"d'azur au chev. d'arg., acc. de trois trefles du meme; en chef une colombe d'arg., tenant en son bec un rameau d'oliver de sin. et perche sur la cime du chev. "

Above the shield and helmet is the Crest which is described as:

"une main de carn., tenant une fleche de sa. ; entre un vol ,d'arg et d'azur"

When translated the blazon also describes the original colors of the DeWitt Arms & Crest as it appeared centuries ago. Family mottos are believed to have originated as battle cries in medieval times. A Motto was not recorded with this DeWitt Coat of Arms.

Name Origin

Individual surnames originated for the purpose of more specific identification. The four primary sources for second names were:

  • occupation
  • location
  • father's name
  • personal characterisitics

The surname DeWitt appears to be characteristic in origin, and is believed to be associated with the Dutch, meaning, "the light-complexioned or white-haired man."

Meanings of the elements found in the DeWitt Coat of ArmsCoat of Arms

There are 4 main parts to a Coat of Arms

  • Shield
  • Crest
  • Helmet
  • Mantle

The SHIELD -

The shield is the central element of all arms, and is also called a "field". It is within this field that symbols (called figures) constructing a blazon are placed to represent the bearer's genealogical connection. Figures of many types may be used, ranging from simple color blocks, to animals, plants, or manufactured goods. Some such figures were chosen by a noble, commemorating a deed or honor or speciality for which he had become known.

Elements found in the DeWitt Shield ---

ARGENT, SILVER OR WHITE; peace and sincerity.

BLUE OR AZURE; bright blue, the colour of an eastern sky, derived from the Arabic 'lazura'; denotes truth and loyalty.

CHEVRON; (the argent colored sharp angle on the shield) Supposed by some writers to have been adopted from the bow of a war saddle, which rose high in front. Also thought to represent the house gable and was used as a sign of strong protection. It was also awarded to those who had achieved a notable enterprise.

TREFOIL; A three-leaved figure usually slipped at the base and symbolic of perpetuity.

DOVE; Loving constancy and peace; with an olive branch in its bill, good tidings

The CREST -

The crest is the topmost element in armorials, (above the shield) is a representation of figures that battle leaders once used to identify their person. Animal heads or other parts, hands, daggers, and such are common in crest, as they were in earliest times when the symbol might have actually been mounted atop a warrior's battle helmet.

Elements found in the DeWitt crest ---

WINGS: Swiftness and protection

HAND: sincerity, faith, and judgement

ARROW: An ancient and honourable symbol sometimes referred to as the emblem of affliction; martial readiness.

The HELMET -

The helmet is essential, along with the shield, to form armorials, and signifies stature of the arms bearer. There are four distinctions; Helmets of the king (used in arms only by the king), a nobleman, a knight, and a gentleman. Though drawing style may differ somewhat, every armorial helmet will conform to these general characteristics.

The DeWitt Helmet as seen signifies a gentleman's helmet as it faces to our left at a slight angle.

Besides the above items, we often see a decorative strip placed between the helmet and topmost coronet (when present) or between shield and crest. This is called a Wreath Bandeau (sometimes called torse), representing two rolls of silk or leather, wound together and forming a padding between items.

The MANTLE -

The mantling (or lambrequin) is a protective cloth affixed to the helmet and, in a coat of arms, is is depicted as flowing from beneath the crest, sometimes terminating in tassels and scalloped, dagged, or even slashed in a stylized form. In early times, when arms and armament were hung in line at jousts (for display, and to identify the participants), it was necessary to protect againts rain and rust. Thus, squires draped heavy cloth above these items, in a decorative manner. At night, or in case of rain, this drape was let down, to cover and protect the itmes on display. Later, as arms were illustrated for books or records, mantling was also depicted...usually as organic-looking swirls that we see in our times.

 

 

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DeWitt Geneology - a link where you will find a lengthy geneology:

Dutch History - a bit of dutch history

Tjerck History , Tjerck in Court Tjerck Will - First Generation Tjerck Claessen DeWitt readings

more genealogy links - more links that are located on the DeWittville Links page

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