The symbols known today as coat-of-arms date back to the Middle Ages. Knights and nobles had special symbols, called "heraldry," that represented their family. The use of coat-of-arms began as a way to identify knights from one another. When in full armor there was no way to know who was who until knights to painted symbols on their shields, eventually putting the symbol on their banner as well as the coat they wore over their armor, "coat of arms."
Well Known Coats-of-Arms
Invent your Own Coat-of-Arms
1. Establish Shape
Escutcheon or shield was the main shape of the coat of arms. These are the main origins of shield shapes but they can evolve greatly from this point.
2. Create the Field
Tinctures, or colors, are solid colors on the escutcheon background. These colors symbolize various meanings. Furs, or patterned designs, sometimes lay on top of tinctures and are also symbols.