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Where can you find the meaning of your family crest?

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A variety of companies and other sources offer online guides to heraldry and interpreting family crests, including Genes Reunited, ML Mural Art and HeraldryandCrests.com. These guides include the meanings of both symbols and colors to allow individuals to interpret elements of family crests and similar heraldry.

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What these guides cannot offer is an interpretation of the interactions of the particular sets of symbols included in each crest. While the meaning for a symbol on its own is often straightforward, this can be modified or amended by the symbols it is placed with, or even by the relative positioning of the image on the field of the crest. Consulting an expert in heraldry, whether on or offline, is the only way to be sure of the nuances of interpretation.

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