Coat of Arms – Hartson, Hartshorne, Hartshorn, Harthorn

The coat of arms was a sign and proof of a man’s honor. King Richard who ruled 1189 to 1199 first used a coat of arms. He brought them from the Crusades in the Holy Land. The blazon of the coat of arms most often used by our family was as follows:
Note: There have been as many as 4 coat of arms used but this is Arms that was most commonly known. The information that is contained within this page is from many sources such as the Hartshorne Newsletter, Talking with Family Members, Research through various Geneology Tables.

Argent (silver) with a chevron gulls (red) between three bucks heads cabossed (cut off so as to show no part of the neck) in Sable (black)

A bucks head erased, (torn off raggedly) in sable (black):

Fortiter et Recte
(Latin, with fortitude and rectitude or boldly and rightly)

The Coat of Arms Defined:

In plain English this means a silver shield with a red chevron between three black bucks heads.

In heraldry silver demotes purity, eloquence, virginity and innocence, black signifies sorrow, sin, mourning and dignity while red is the color of war, danger, courage and love of combat and adventure.

The chevron is called an honorable ordinary, which simply means on of the honorable charges most ordinarily used. It is a mark of noble blood and knighthood. It takes its shape from the shape of an ancient saddle and is the mark of a leader of mounted knights.

The heads of the stag or harts with the horn showing makes what is called a canting arms “arms parlante” or “speaking arms” and is an heraldie pun or play upon the name. There are three Heads for the Holy Trinity. The stag’s head in the crest is used for emphasis.

The stag, the largest and strongest animal indigenous to the British Isles represented strength, coupled with agility, and grace.

The helmet is in profile and is of steel color as it should be. Only those who actually bear titles are entitled to display a helmet of metal upon the coat of arms.

The manning or decorative matter around the shield has no special shape. This is left to the tastes and discretion of the artist. The only heraldic rule as to the mantle in British arms was that it must be in the livery colors of the shield in example the first two metals and or colors mentioned in the blazon.


In as much as the employment of family surnames and family coats of arms come into use at about the same time we frequently find families taking their surnames from charges upon their arms or placing bearings upon their arms which refer directly or indirectly to their surnames.


               Hartshorne                                                     Hartson
                Harts – horne                                                 Hart - son
                Harts –Male Deer or Stags                             Hart – Male Deer or Stag
                Horne – horn on deer                                     Son – Son of Hart

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