Remember, just because you find a Coat of Arms with your last name on it,
does not mean it is yours OR that you are authorized to show it labeled
as though it is 'your' coat of arms. They are not awarded to a 'family'
but to an 'individual' who just happened to share your surname.
Heraldry / Coat of Arms
The study of the coat of arms is called heraldry. The issuance of arms is controlled by
"heralds". Most countries in Western Europe, England, Scotland, and Ireland have an "Office
of the Heralds". These are sometimes also called the "Kings of Arms". Only these heralds
have the power to decide who is allowed to display a particular coat of arms.
Without permission from the heralds, you are not authorized to display a coat of arms.
Here is a link explaining heraldry and a person's right to bear and display
a coat of arms.
As Mr. Eastman says in the first article linked above:
The American College of Heraldry also says, "It is highly inappropriate for one to
locate the arms of another person sharing the same surname, and to simply adopt and use
these arms as one's own."
His interpretation of that (and I tend to agree) is that, if you are displaying an
unauthorized coat of arms as your own, you are impersonating someone else.
Who is entitled to use a coat of arms? Only the person to whom it was originally issued and his direct descendants
in the male line.
Rietstaps, Armorial General lists 2 Flick related coats of arms along with descriptions. It is unknown
when or to whom they were originally issued, so no Flick alive today should be displaying this Coat as their own.
The German coat of arms description is given as this: "silver; three linden leaves placed one over
two, issuing from a stem; all green and issuing from a green ground". You can see what this coat of
arms may have looked like below.
There is also what is believed to be the British version. That description is given as this: "a
silver shield with two bars each containing three silver sea shells". To see what this coat of
arms may have looked like,
My Paternal Side
I have German blood on both sides of my family tree.
The Flick line through my father was German.
My Father's Paternal Side
My fathers grandmother on his father's side was a "Farley". This line came
from the United Kingdom.
My Father's Maternal Side
My fathers grandfather on his mother's side was a "Remley". This line came
from the United Kingdom. His grandmother on his mother's side was a "Varner".
The Varner line came from Germany.
My Maternal Side
I also have German blood on my mother's side of the family, though
it's only 1/4 german. The Schexneider line was from Germany/Brussels.
My Mother's Paternal Side
My mothers grandmother on her father's side was a "Simon". This line came
My Mother's Maternal Side
My mothers grandfather on her mother's side was a "Hargrave". This line came
from the United Kingdom. Her grandmother on her mother's side was a "Dailey".
The Dailey line came from Ireland.