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Tudor Coat of Arms / Tudor Family Crest

This surname of TUDOR was from the given name originally derived from the Greek THEODOROS, composed of the elements THEOS (God) + DORON (gift). The name was relatively popular in the Middle Ages because of its auspicious meaning of 'God-given'. The name has numerous variant spellings which include TUDOR, TEODORI, TEOFORO, DORET, DORIN, FEDKO, FEDKIN and THEORDORE to name but a few. Early records of the name mention Tudor filius Griffini ab Merduk, documented during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Rys ap Madoc ap Tudir, London 1633. Buried. Albinia, wife of Mr John Tudor (servant) at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in the year 1707. Francis Tudor and Eliazbeth Higgs were married at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in the year 1751. Notable members of the name include THEODORUS of SAMOS (6th century BC) was the Greek Sculptor. He is said to have developed sculptoral hollow-casting for large figures in bronze, and invented several kinds of tools for use in casting. THEODOSIUS the Elder (died. 376) was the Roman soldier, by birth a Spaniard. He campaigned in Britain (368-70) against the Caledonians, naming a reconquered district Valentia, after the emperors. Saint THEORDORE of Tarus (circa.602-690) was the Greek prelate, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, and consecrated archbishop of Canterbury by Pope Vitalian in 668. In Canterbury he established a Greek School, and organized the administrative system of the English Church. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.

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Last Updated: January 15th, 2021

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