As most genealogists already know, there is no such thing as a family coat of arms in most countries. Coats of Arms are granted to individuals, not to families, and may only be displayed by the individual. However, it is interesting to note that one more person named Jones now has a coat of arms.
Sir Tom Jones, the veteran singer, has chosen a coat of arms featuring a Welsh dragon and a leek.
For a member of the aristocracy, it’s not unusual to have a coat of arms. For the son of a coal miner who grew up in a terrace house in Pontypridd, it is, however, something to sing about.
You can read more in an article by Richard Eden in the Telegraph web site at http://goo.gl/fMp94
The College of Arms was given a charter by Richard III in 1484, and in 1530 anyone considered a gentleman had to register at the college.
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