A family crest coat of arms is a unique heraldic design on an escutcheon (i.e. shield), surcoat, or tabard. The coat of arms on an escutcheon forms the central element of the full heraldic achievement which consists of shield, supporters, crest, and motto.
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The first evidence of medieval coats of arms is found in the Bayeux Tapestry from the 11th century, where some of the combatants carry shields painted with crosses. Coats of arms came into general use by feudal lords and knights in battle in the 12th century.
By the 13th century, arms had spread beyond their initial battlefield use to become a flag or logo for families in the higher social classes of Europe, inherited from one generation to the next.
Exactly who had a right to use arms, by law or social convention, varied to some degree between countries. In the present day, coats of arms are still in use by a variety of institutions and individuals; for example, many European cities and universities have guidelines on how their coats of arms may be used, and protect their use as trademarks.