All Coat-of-Arms (General)
Some ancestry research sites may attempt to fill in extra items to make a family name’s coat-of-arms filled with symbolic objects. Some family names have no coat-of-arms actually. Some family names that do have a coat-of-arms might also contain 1 or more objects which all have symbolic meanings.
Further research of other time periods, locales, etc. may reveal more detailed information or more quadrant objects. Items can be placed outside the quadrants as well. Each quadrant has a specific meaning regarding what kind of object can be placed there. Also, each quadrant object has a specific meaning. Some family coat-of-arms changed over the years and some items might be added or modified. Modifying the coat-of-arms can still sometimes be accomplished today, although the process is extensive.
The "Baygents" Coat-of-Arms
In April, 2002, research was initially conducted for the Baygents family coat-of-arms and updated in October, 2017. The coat-of-arms has evolved over time and has influences predominantly from England and France.
The version(s) of the image(s) of the coat-of-arms above are somewhat different yet, they both have the same core elements.
The current shield shape in this coat-of-arms is of French origin around the 15th century. The shield’s horizontal partition line is referred as an “indented” line and represents “fire”. It is not to be confused with a broader line that means “water”.
The coat-of-arms has been validated to contain one image, a silver leopard (facing rightward), in front of a red quadrant (on the shield). While shields can have one or multiple sections, this one contains four. The posture of the animal is intended to convey the heraldic attitude. The leopard is in the “Rampant” posture (3 legs up). The term “Rampant” isn’t used much anymore but it does come from the old French meaning “rearing up”. The leopard represents a warrior in the direct manner of perseverance combined with valor and courage. It also reflects that force is sometimes readily used in overcoming a difficult or dangerous situation. Often, the leopard is interchanged with the lion in usage for some family lines; however, in this case, the designated animal was very specific and is a leopard.
The represented colors are red and gold. Red represents the martial or warrior aspect of strength; however, it can also represent fighting for a cause to the point of giving the ultimate sacrifice. It also references having a great soul. Gold represents generosity as well as possessing a higher level of thought.
An additional object is the collection (plume) of feathers, located at the top of the helmet. This could represent amenable obedience and having a peaceful state-of-mind. It could also represent what is always put atop a helmet if there is no crest. In this case, for this family heraldry, there is no crest so, it merely represents a graphical completeness for the coat-of-arms.
Finally, the fleur-de-lis is a significant part of the coat-of-arms. This reflects qualities such as purity and light. It also conveys (from the French heritage) being markedly different in a noble way.
Just as there is no Crest, there also is no known “Motto”.