Family Crest Search
The Best Places to find Family Crests and Coats of Arms on the Web

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Family Crest Search

I've put together this modest web site to help point anyone doing a family crest or coat of arms search on the internet in the right direction. You can use the links on the right to start searching.

I've been looking for family crests and coats of arms on the web since the 90's and I have kind of gotten good at it.

There are a lot of places on the internet where you can find family crests for specific surnames or groups (armorials) of coats of arms from specific countries.

Sometimes you can only look at them and sometimes you can download them as well. The quality of the downloads will range from poor to average. If you want something nice, you will probably have to pay for it. If the family crests you find at these locations are of any use to you, I'll leave that up to you to decide.

I'm also going to give you a few tips on how to do your search and also lead you to the best places to look for family crests.

Quick Start

How would you like to see a full color illustration of a coat of arms for your name along with a bit of the history of the name. It's a goldmine for coat of arms research. Point your browser to House of Names. Enter your name in the "Search for surname" box on the top left side of the page. Or use the search box below.

Another terriffic place to start is . It's also listed on the menu on the right under Rierstap's Armorial General. It has 120,000 color illustrations of family crests/coats of arms from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland and more.

You can also jump over to Coats of Arms and Family Crests.  There are coats of arms for 600 popular names and more are added weekly.

Another website is Free Coats of Arms. There are over 2,000 coats of arms ready for download.

If you don't mind spending five bucks for a beautiful coat of arms in JPG format, delivered via email, check out There are also thousands of sample coats of arms there.

Also try the Google Images search  trick on the right panel.