OK, there's been a lot of interest in the Family Crests i've been posting. First, some basic information. I've been asked how I find these crests. I am no longer taking requests for family crests in the Free Designs Section.
After receiving the family name, it helps to know the family's country of origin. Even within the country, there may be different family crests based on the county, region or province where the family was located when they were granted their crest. Some countries based the crest on the "tribe" or clan to which the family belonged. Having that information is also very helpful.
I prefer to find descriptions or renderings of true
historic crests through family genealogy sites on the web. I base my designs on these descriptions or renderings. There are a number of sites that sell family crests. But be aware, these sites generally offer embellished crests in order to copyright their images. I won't digitize any copyrighted images, and if you intend to sell anything with a digitized copyrighted image, you might find yourself in trouble. Even giving away or selling the design file may land you in hot water.
Not all families have a crest. Nowadays crests are no longer bestowed by royalty, but you can choose to create your own if none exists currently.
The colors, symbols and embellishments all have a meaning. There are a number of websites that explain the meanings, but one of my favorites is http://www.fleurdelis.com/meanings.htm
With all that said, here's a link to the search that shows all 204 free crests
I've posted in the Free Designs section:search.php?keywords=crest*&terms=all&author=Daddy+T&fid%5B%5D=16&sc=1&sf=firstpost&sk=t&sd=d&sr=posts&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search
Not all the crests I've digitized are posted here. Some of them were under contract, so I don't feel right sharing those. I am no longer taking requests for family crests in the Free Designs Section.