The Wing Family Crest
I know that in the past I have had several inquiries about the Wing Family Crest or the Wing Family Coat of Arms. To be honest, I could not honestly say I knew much about it so I went to the guy that did, our genealogist, Raymond Wing. He was kind enough to respond very promptly and here is what he wrote:
"The coat of arms was developed during medieval times to identify participants in battle. This was needed as the suit of armor knights were wearing completely hid their identity. Without some sort of identification, you could not tell friend from foe.
The granting of a coat of arms was done by the Heralds office, hence the modern day term of Heraldry to describe them. The coat of arms was granted to an INDIVIDUAL, not a family. That individual was entitled to use his coat of arms during his lifetime. Upon his death, only his rightful heir (usually the eldest surviving son) was entitled to take up the coat of arms.
During the 19th and 20th century, it became popular in America for families to "adopt" a coat of arms used by someone bearing their name in medieval England. This "adoption" process was (and is still) technically illegal, but their is no enforcement policy to prevent this from occurring.
The coat of arms was worn on the breastplate of the knight. During later times, as these became more ornamental, rather than strictly an identification purpose, a crest was added to the face plate. The Family crest referred to today places the coat of arms with a crest placed above it on parchment or paper.
The coat of arms the Wing Family of America, Inc. "adopted" was the coat of Arms of Sir Theodore Wing, Lord Warden of Wastes and Liveries to King Henry VII (1485-1509)
According to Conway Wing's Wing Genealogy (1st edition, 1881) In Sir John Bernard Burke's "Encyclopaedia, or General Armory of England, Scotland and Ireland," we find what purports to be "The Wing Armour. County of Rutland." The Heraldic description accompanying it is: "Arms.-- Per pale, argent and vert - a maunch counter-charged. Crest.-- A maunch per pale, argent and vert, between two wings or."
The phrase "per pale" (from palus, a stake.) signifies that the field or charge is divided into two equal parts by a perpendicular [vertical] line, with a different field on each side of it... "Argent and vert" are the colors in which the field or figures are depicted. They were designated either by "metals or colors" [in traditionally coats, either the figure or the background was in metal, but not both] [The colors/metals were in French, Argent is silver and vert is green].
"A maunch" is a sort of old-fashioned sleeve with long-hanging ends. "Counter-charged" means that the colors were reversed on the from the right half of the coat to the left half. The "Crest" which was worn usually on the top of the element had the same design with two wings or [gold]."
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It is easy to become a member of the Wing Family of America, Inc. (WFA). If you are a blood or adopted descendant of one of the three brothers, John, Daniel or Stephen Wing, you can become a member of the WFA. Wives and husbands of Wing descendants can also become members of the WFA. It is very likely that if your last name is Wing or if your mother or a grandmother had the maiden name of Wing that you are descended from one of the three brothers.
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