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Moffet Coat of Arms / Moffet Family Crest

Moffet Coat of Arms / Moffet Family Crest

The surname of MOFFET was of local origin from the town of Moffat in Annandale, Dumfriesshire. Local names usually denoted where the original bearer of the name held his lands. Early records of the name mention Nicholas de Mufat, Bishop of Glasgow, circa 1232. In 1250 he appears as Archdeacon of Theuidall, and in 1268 he was elected Bishop of Glasgow, but died unconsecrated in 1270. Walter de Moffatt was Archdeacon of Lothian in 1348. Robert de Moffethe was treasurer of the church of Glasgow in the year 1467. Robert Moffat (1795-1883) Missionary, was the father-in-law of Dr.David Livingstone. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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