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Maynard/O'Byrne Coat of Arms

Maynard/O'Byrne Coat of Arms

Posted: 1515813098000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Maynard/O'Byrne
Is there a reason these two are alike. Also the Hand CoA is very similar.

v/r
John

Re: Maynard/O'Byrne Coat of Arms

Posted: 1515885211000
Classification: Query
There very well may be, but without knowing more of the history of the families who bear these arms, it may be very hard to determine what that reason is.

For Maynard and Hand, the arms are "canting;" that is, they contain pun on the surname. "Main" is French for "hand" (see, e.g., "main gauche," a parrying weapon held in the "left hand"); "Hand," of course, is more obvious in English.

David
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