English 12 Honors
15 September 2012
Hernandez Coat of Arms
What are your personal core values? Have you ever wondered whether or not your ancestors held these same values? One of the ways to find out about this is to look at your family’s coat of arms. Coats of arms are part of heraldry which has been defined as the art of blazoning, assigning, and marshalling a coat of arms (fleurdelis.com). Coats of arms were initially used by knights as a way of identifying themselves and setting themselves apart from enemies (archives.com). These coats of arms became a mark of noble status, because knights participated in tournaments, and participation in these tournaments were important to social status. However, over time coats of arms were a way of showing a families valued traits.
The first sighting of the surname Hernandez was found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain. The name Hernandez, when broken down means the sons of Hernan. These sons of Hernan were three brothers, knights, who served for the king of Spain. They as knights had a coat of arms and the Hernandez coat of arms is half red, and half blue. The red half of the shield signifies a warrior, and/or military strength. While the blue half stands for truth and loyalty. The blue half has three fleurs-de-lis on it, which exemplify purity and light. And the red half has three castles which stand for protection. All of the symbols and colors on a coat of arms have a special meaning, and stand for something.
As stated earlier the Hernandez coat of arms has two colors each color having half of the shield. These two colors are red, which defines a warrior and/or military strength, and blue which means truth and loyalty. I believe that my older sister is one of the most truthful people ever. No matter what happens and no matter what the consequences are she tells the truth. She does not enjoy the lying, and the feeling of guilt that rests on her conscious....