It is important to note that heraldic designs were and are created for a specific entity. Whether a person or corporation, both subjects control the use of their design. In the case of arms granted to a person, only their descendants may claim ownership. Contrary to popular belief, coats of arms are not bestowed onto an entire clan sharing a common surname. Unfortunately, there are businesses that sell heraldic devices to people eager to accept the earliar mentioned notion. Instead, people who wish to express their identity or accomplishments should do so through a design that they have created. An unknown Herald once said:
"all families must make their start somewhere, let them do so honestly".

The BFHS presents crests and coats of arms belonging to individuals, from the past and present, with similiar surnames to our own for interest only.