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Colquitt Family Crest / Colquitt Coat of Arms

Colquitt Family Crest / Colquitt Coat of Arms

This English surname of COLQUITT was a locational name meaning 'the dweller in a narrow valley'. The name is also spelt COLQUIT, and the associated coat of arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Fowey or Fow, County Cornwall. Registered in 1620. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. A notable member of the name, was the American statesman, Walter Terry Colquitt, who was born in 1799. He was appointed to the Chattahooche superior court circuit in 1826 and served two terms in the state senate. He was twice elected to Congress and was chosen as senator at the beginning of the second term. He resigned from the senate in 1845 and died in 1855. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.


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Last Updated: May 9, 2020

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