Hall of Names Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you get your information?

We use all sorts of records including, tax records, census records, sources such as the Doomsday Book, our Bibliography is printed on the back of every print.

Where do the Coats of Arms come from?

We are not "granting" Coats of Arms.  The Coat of Arms we have on record for each surname is the earliest one that we could find for that name.

The Coat of Arms is different to one I've seen before/one I have?

Most surnames will have more than one Coat of Arms associated with it, as Coats of Arms were passed from Father to Son it would have to be 'differenced' or changed to distinguish it from previous Coats of Arms.  Whilst you have seen a different Coat of Arms it doesn't mean that either is incorrect, it just means they have been registered to different people st different points in time.  The Coat of Arms we have on the system is the oldest one for the name where possible.

Does every name have a Coat of Arms?

Not every name has a Coat of Arms but they have been registered at the College of Arms since 1484, therefore it's likely that most names will have a Coat of Arms registered at some point.

Is this my Family Tree?

No, this is not your family tree, It is a history of the surname.  Where you trace your Family Tree back we are coming forwards from the earliest record that can be found with your name, for example a lot of names were registered in the Doomsday Book, the earliest Census records 1086.  It is the early origins of a name that is traced, which is not a particular branch but the history of the name.  Occassionally we would hope that in doing your own research you may meet somewhere in the middle if you trace back far enough.

Why don't you have my name?

The research has been done for over 35 years.  Whilst we have over 1,000,000 names on the database we haven't yet researched them all.  This sounds a lot but there is still much more research to be done.  Every name 'not found' gets added to the system and we send them back to the researchers.  We get updates once a year, so keep trying as it will get there eventually.

How much does it cost?

It costs £19.99 for a Coat of Arms and Surname History print and £24.99 for a Double Coat of Arms print, which is really good value for money considering how much work and research has been carried out in finding put about your surname history.

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