The family crest in the header photo is that of my Great Grandmother Cluver. The Cluvers were a very old family of knights and landowners from northern Germany near Bremen. The crest shows a black claw of a bear on a golden field. The open helmet has a ball with a wreath and a column of peacock feathers. I’m not sure what the seven flags represent. The family was in its heyday in the 14th and 15th centuries. You can see the crest on Cluver family memorial plaques from that time period in the Bremen Dom, or cathedral. They chose to remain Roman Catholic during the Reformation and lost most of their property and land when the region was occupied by the Lutheran Swedes during the Thirty Years War. By the time my great grandmother was born in the late 1800’s, they were small farmers and shop keepers. My great grandmother was a domestic servant before her marriage. That crest hasn’t reflected the status of the family for several hundred years.
Daughter rescued a hapless Yellow Lab from a busy intersection in Tacoma last week, and managed to track down the owners since the pup was microchipped. When she told me about it I thought “well, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”, since she saw us rescue many a dog and cat and get them to safety. That is when I thought about our family crest and what an updated one would look like. I think it would have the profile of a Welsh Terrier in the center encircled by cats. Husband said a rolling pin and a garden fork would be appropriate symbols, too, as well as the Greek letter Psi, a symbol for psychology. We should have a violin or cello worked into the design. Of course, there would be a baboon, too.
What would be on your modern family crest?