Wewahitchka Elementary School
Have you ever thought of a symbol or saying to represent you or your family? Well that is exactly what we did for a project in our history class.
Traditional family crests were common throughout Europe during the “Middle Ages” (400 – 1500 A.D.). They were a design belonging to a particular person or family. The designs were used by knights and noblemen to identify themselves as friend or foe. These designs were passed down from father to son. What started out as military symbols came to be used by families as family crests.
Family crests used colors, sayings and symbols to express family characteristics. Many times animals with certain traits that matched the family’s characteristics were also used.
In the past times, artists or Officers of Arms were approached to design and create your family crest. As part of our study in history, the students made their own crest. They used symbols they thought showed characteristics representative of themselves.
What symbols would you use to describe yourself in a family crest?
Below is a picture of some Family crests made by students for the project.
Pictured below with their shields are, Charles Nowell (left) and Matthew Randig (right).