Examples of Davis Coats of Arms

This emblem is the Coat of Arms of the Davis family of Northamptonshire, England.

Coats of Arms very similar to it are recorded for several other English Davis families and numerous other Davis families use Coats of Arms resembling it. This is the most widely used of all Davis Coats of Arms. Depicted on it is a chevron engrailed between three silver boar's heads on a red shield. The crest is a boar standing upon a red hat with a turned up ermine brim. The Latin motto reads, "Virtute duce comite fortuna" - translated: "Under the guidance of valor, accompanied by good fortune". In 20th century speak it might mean "I'd like to be lucky as well as good".

Dolor Davis, original immigrant to Massachusetts in 1634 used this emblem as his Coat of Arms.

The emblem to the right is of unknown origin.

A Coat of Arms is an emblem or a device which is displayed by titled persons, persons of royal blood, and their descendants. Coats of Arms were originally used for purposes of identification and recognition on the field of battle as well as in civil life.

It is claimed by some writers that Coats of Arms, in a crude form, were used by Noah's sons after the flood. There are records of other Coats of Arms, in one crude form or another, at different periods of ancient history. Heraldry, however, as we know it today, did not become of much importance until soon after the invasion of England by William the Conqueror, A.D. 1066. Heraldry became of general interest at about the time of the Crusades.

The boar's head was once the chief dish at Christmas feasts in palace and castle. When England's sovreigns kept Christmas of yore in their noble halls at Guilford, Eltham, Westminster, or Windsor in high estate, arrayed with crown and sceptre, clothed in ermine and surrounded by their wondering subjects -- it was brought to their table with great ceremony. The introduction of the great dish was accompanied by music and singing.

So is explained the significance in the Davis Coat of Arms of the three silver boar's heads.

Sir Bernard Burke, of Heralds College, London, said "Heraldry is prized by all who can show honorable ancestry or wish to found honorable families."

Besides its family significance this Coat of Arms makes an excellent mural decoration and inspires the admiration and comment of all who see it.

It is quite appropriate that members of the Davis families who have a pride in their ancestry should display the family Coat of Arms, in proper colors.

Source: Davis Family History by J. Montgomery Seaver and Ella L. Davis; American Historical-Genealogical Society, Philadelphia, PA (c. 1925).

Design created by Eddie C. Davis of Springfield, MO.

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