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Williams Coat Of Arms

Williams Family Coat of Arms
"True to the Kingdom of God"
The Williams Coat of Arms (sometimes referred to as the crest), is Welsh in origin and caries the motto, Cywir in Brenhiniaeth Duw, meaning "True to the Kingdom of God." The slogan originally read Cywir in Gwlad or "True to the Land" which indicates a loyalty to the country, its heritage and philosophical underpinnings regardless of what party or person may be in power. It means we obey the King rendering "respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed." Yet, it is the kingdom of God that is paramount and so our allegiance to Christ and His kingdom must be first and foremost. Indeed, we are incapable of fealty to the land - its heritage and philosophical underpinnings - without a primary devotion to the Messianic reign of Jesus.

Thus in adopting this coat of arms1 the modification was made to reflect the long standing motto of the D. Eric Williams family. This does not preclude the original slogan; indeed it encompasses the idea of faithfulness to one's country.

The rest of the coat of arms remains the same and is appropriate to the history of the D. Eric Williams family. Thus, the hound stands for fidelity and loyalty to the kingdom of God and our family. The rampant lion represents dauntless courage in the face of opposition to the reign of Christ; resistance to the rule of our Lord from the adversary, the world and our own sinful desires. The sable (black), background on the shield symbolizes grief endured. The black also expresses constancy in the face of heartache and hardship. "Conventionally, the helmet for a gentleman [in a coat of arms] is made of steel and displayed in profile with the visor closed."2 Thereby the gray helm3 identifies the owner of the crest as a gentleman4 and not a peer.

The mantle in a coat of arms is shown as if draped from the helmet (in this case the yellow and black "ribbons" flowing around the helm and shield). In actual use it served to protect the armor from the elements. The frayed and feathery look is designed to suggest that the mantle has been torn and cut upon the field of battle thus testifying to the bravery of the one who has possession of the coat of arms.

A motto was originally a war cry or simply a slogan adopted to express an important aspect of the family's beliefs. According to most heraldic authorities "a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will." Mottos did not become a typical part of the coat of arms until the 17th century.

The wreath or torce, found at the top of the helmet typically mimics the colors of the mantle. It was originally intended to distinguish a commander in order to aid his troops in locating him in the "fog of war."

The crest is shown as attached to the top of the helmet; in this case the hound. The term "crest" has come to delineate the entire coat of arms, especially in British heraldry.


1. We are welsh (in part) on my father's side and our surname is Williams. Beyond that I've made no attempt to prove that I have a direct lineal ancestor who bore this particular coat of arms (there are several Welsh Williams coat of arms). We have made use of it because it is appropriate to our family.

2. See: http://www.flanneryclan.ie/heraldry.htm

3. See: http://www.heraldry.ws/heraldry/index.html

4. "In its most extensive sense, in Great Britain, every man above the rank of yeomen, comprehending noblemen. In a more limited sense, a man, who without a title,bears a coat of arms, or whose ancestors have been freemen. In this sense, gentlemen hold a middle rank between the nobility and yeomanry." Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of American English

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