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Re: Can different individuals have the same coat of arms?
Posted by: Patrick Manly (ID *****3601) Date: October 18, 2012 at 08:47:55
In Reply to: Can different individuals have the same coat of arms? by Robby of 3960

Generally speaking, no;however, there are a few weird exceptions to this rule:
The same coat-of-arms CAN be granted in different countries.
The same family sometimes has an alternative surname.
In Polish heraldry, which operates along very different principles, not only can two individuals share a coat-of-arms, but entirely different FAMILIES can all share a coat-of-arms: the situation is entirely reversed from elsewhere in Europe, and, instead of a coat-of-arms belonging to a family, multiple families belong to a coat-of-arms.
In the case you cite, was one family in Ireland and another in Scotland?
Additionally, if a family has died out, its extinct arms could be re-granted to another family.


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