Personal Coat of Arms The old heraldry was for those whose ancestors were murderers and thieves with enough gall to make themselves into either kings or lords. All the symbols have their own meanings, but the old shields were only able to be past down from eldest surviving son, to eldest surviving son. The new heraldry is all about creating your own personal crest that shows who YOU are, and is simple enough to tell at a glance who you are. What would you make yours? Think about it, take all the time in the world, and post a picture along with an explanation of the entire Coat of Arms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms http://historymedren.about.com/od/heraldry/a/heraldrysymbols.htm http://www.irishsurnames.com/colors.htm http://www.heraldryclipart.com/symbolism/a.html This is all about Symbolism. Fields Matter. Colours Matter. Charges Matter. Placement Matters. Change anything, and you change the entire meaning.