What is a family crest?

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A family crest is a symbolic illustration of a family tree. In European medieval cultures, crests were passed down from father to firstborn son and featured emblematic imagery to uniquely represent family traits, according to HowStuffWorks.

Since heraldic crests date back to the Middle Ages, their visual layouts combine specific colors, images and virtues associated with each family's history and reputation. Most crests include a shield, a family motto and a specific color scheme. Families decorate their crests with religious symbols, flowers, mythological creatures and animals, such as lions, horses and birds. Their chosen symbols represent honorable ideals, such as wisdom and strength, and were designed to inspire pride and respect.

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