Coat Of Arms
The family of Bunn has a Coat of Arms.
The authority is Burke's "General Armory" - 1878 edition,
page 144. Another recording of the Barm Coat of Arms and. the
Bunn Crest is found in the book entitled "General Armory1
England, Scotland. Ireland, and Wales99 - Burke London, 1884,
page 114. A furhter recording of the Crest in colors is found
in Fairbairns Book of Crests - of the families of Great Britain
and Ireland-44th edition, page 86
Burke's General Armory describes the Arms,
Crest, and Motto as follows:
Argent, on three grieces sable, gules are
azure, a cross calvary of the third, in Chief two Crescents gules.
An ostrich's head argent, collared gules between
two palm hranches vert.
None recorded. Under heraldic law any user
of any arms may adopt and use any motto desired. Most mottos
seen in use have been adopted.
If these heraldic descriptions are translated
to modern terms, the tinctures, or color tones, describing the
Coat of Arms are as follows:
The shield in silver. The three grieces
or steps are of black, red and blue in rotation downward. The
Cross Calvary is of red. The ostrich's head is of silver; its
collar is of red. You will note in the illustration that the
ostrich has ears. This was the ancient heraldic conception of
that bird. The palm branches are of green. The Crest rests on
a wreath of alternate twists ofredand silver. The ribbon is of
silver; and the Motto, if one is adopted and used, is lettered
The cross calvary, as well as the crescents
borne by the shield, as well as the crest itself, appears to
indicate the arms originated during the period of the crusades.
Both the cross calvary and the crescents were a very popular
device with the crusaders. These seem to symbolize victory during
the 3rd crusade. The ostrich's head is a symbol of fleetness.
The birds head, along with the palm branches, was often used
by men who participated in the crusades.
In 1181 the third crusade was undertaken
and Philip Augustas, the King of France, and Richard, the King
of England, whose great deeds in the holy war obtained for him
the surname of Coeur de Lion, forgetting thier own personal quarrels
put themselves at its head. Frederick Barbarosa, the Emperor
of Germany joined the undertaking.