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Dux Coat of Arms / Dux Family Crest

Dux Coat of Arms / Dux Family Crest

The surname of DUX was a locational name 'of Duxbury' a township in the parish of Standish, County Lancashire. The name was derived from the Old English word DEUKESBIRI. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention DEUKESBIRI (without surname) who was recorded in Lancashire in the year 1202. DUKESBIRI (without surname) was documented in Lancashire in 1227. Edward Duxberry of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Ralph Duxbury, who was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1632. Henry Duxbury of Tottleworth, was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1629. 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. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. They were not in use in England or in Scotland before the Norman Conquest, and were first found in the Domesday Book. 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.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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