This is a crest that I designed for our family. The image is of the stained glass window I constructed from the design. The crest is not registered or recognized by any official organization.
Most of the colours used and some of the objects are symbolic.
The two red Maple Leaves (symbol of Canada) stand for my parents whom were Canadian born.
The four caldrons stand for the four sons bearing the name Potter. The shield contains a Bend (strip) and is representative of a Knights scarf signifying Defense (in heraldry).
The four wild roses, or prickly roses (Rosa acicularis, which is the provincial flower of Alberta) represent where the four sons were born.
Red and white are Canada's colours. The colours green, gold, blue, pink, and black are from the Alberta tartan. Blue and gold are the Alberta provincial colours and green and gold are the colours of several sports teams in Edmonton.
If you are a descendent of Robert and Etta Potter and like this design then you can use it as long as you do not register it or take any other action that stops the rest of the family from using it.
You can find more information on the Emblems of Alberta on their website. The Symbols of Canada on theirs.
The blazon (heraldic description) of the shield is “Vert, on a bend azure fimbriated or, four cauldrons argent”.
Coat of Arms are registered family crests. They should only be used by the family that registered it or a direct descendent (usually the eldest male line). Buying a plaque from a Family Coat of Arms outlet does not give you any right to use it. There are two ways that it is right for you to use a Coat of Arms. First, be a descendent of the family that registered it. This you would have to prove by searching your family history. Second, by designing and registering a Coat of Arms of your own.
More information on Heraldry can be found at:
|The Royal Heraldry Society of Canada|
|College of Arms (England)|
|Court of the Lord Lyon (Scotland)|
|A Heraldic Primer: Introduction and Table of Contents|