Coat Of Arms

There are many many different symbols, or charges, that can appear on a coat of arms. The colours that are chosen and even the shape of the shield itself can having a major bearing for the Family, Clan or Sept, that was to bear arms. The explanations below are a general interpretation of what the symbolism means for the Joyce coat of arms.





Colour Meaning Image
Gules (Red) Warrior, Martyr, Military Strength  
Sable (Black) Constancy, Grief  


Name Meaning Image
Fess Signifies the Military Belt - represents Honour

Heraldic Beasts

Name Meaning Image
Wolf Perseverance in siege or effort

Heraldic Birds

Name Meaning Image
Eagle Protector, a person of action, noble nature, power, strength.
In Ireland the eagle, along with other birds, was regarded as one of the 'demons of the air' and was thus a very popular and powerful charge.

Heraldic Plants

Name Meaning Image
Fleur-de-lis Sixth son
In Ireland this 'flower of light' can often have a Christian significance.

Heraldic Symbols

Name Meaning Image
Helmet Wise defense


For more information on Names and Heraldic symbols visit Irish Surnames.

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