This is my family’s coat of arms. Before 1066, one of my ancestors, Torchil de Bovington (that was his Normanized name though) was a wealthy landowner, who was said to own 64 manors in northern England (mainly Yorkshire) in the Domesday Book. However, after the Norman Invasion, William the Conqueror stripped him of all his lands except for Agglethorpe. Torchil had three sons who are the ancestors of the three Boynton branches, which I believe may be represented by the three crescents. The crescents also were used to represent the Boynton’s legendary fighting skills during the Crusades (as the Saracens they fought against were Muslim, and a crescent moon is the symbol of Islam.) Both the lion and the goat on the helm symbolize bravery.
The Anglo-Saxon name for our family was Boffaton, though the Normans called them Bovington. Bovington stuck untill 1690, when a Bovington was knighted for his bravery fighting for the British Protestant army against the Irish Catholic army at the Battle of the Boyne. He changed his name to Boynton.
I also have family history in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Hungary, and (possibly) Scotland.
Though I know most of my family history just on my English side, I am roughly 75% Scandinavian- mainly Danish. Rumour had it that one of my ancestors was a bastard son of a King of Sweden!
Now, I’d like to know: what’s your family story?