Family Crest

Modern

2016

Hand made 25 years ago

Crest made in England

Stain Glass made by Paul Lari

Approx. 1181

Coat Of Arms

The family of Bunn has a Coat of Arms. The authority is Burke's "General Armory" - 1878 edition, page 144. Another recording of the Barm Coat of Arms and. the Bunn Crest is found in the book entitled "General Armory1 England, Scotland. Ireland, and Wales99 - Burke London, 1884, page 114. A furhter recording of the Crest in colors is found in Fairbairns Book of Crests - of the families of Great Britain and Ireland-44th edition, page 86

Burke's General Armory describes the Arms, Crest, and Motto as follows:

Arms: Argent, on three grieces sable, gules are azure, a cross calvary of the third, in Chief two Crescents gules.
Crest: An ostrich's head argent, collared gules between two palm hranches vert.
Motto: None recorded. Under heraldic law any user of any arms may adopt and use any motto desired. Most mottos seen in use have been adopted.

If these heraldic descriptions are translated to modern terms, the tinctures, or color tones, describing the Coat of Arms are as follows:

The shield in silver. The three grieces or steps are of black, red and blue in rotation downward. The Cross Calvary is of red. The ostrich's head is of silver; its collar is of red. You will note in the illustration that the ostrich has ears. This was the ancient heraldic conception of that bird. The palm branches are of green. The Crest rests on a wreath of alternate twists ofredand silver. The ribbon is of silver; and the Motto, if one is adopted and used, is lettered in red.


Explanation

The cross calvary, as well as the crescents borne by the shield, as well as the crest itself, appears to indicate the arms originated during the period of the crusades. Both the cross calvary and the crescents were a very popular device with the crusaders. These seem to symbolize victory during the 3rd crusade. The ostrich's head is a symbol of fleetness. The birds head, along with the palm branches, was often used by men who participated in the crusades.


History Note

In 1181 the third crusade was undertaken and Philip Augustas, the King of France, and Richard, the King of England, whose great deeds in the holy war obtained for him the surname of Coeur de Lion, forgetting thier own personal quarrels put themselves at its head. Frederick Barbarosa, the Emperor of Germany joined the undertaking.