Devine By Name, Divine By Nature!

A history of the Devine name and New Zealand Devine families

The Devine Coat of Arms

This Devine Coat of Arms was first found recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes' General Armoury.

Devine Coat Of Arms

CREST:
A naked arm couped below the elbow grasping a sword flammant proper.

ARMS:
Gules a Lion passant guardant and at the base a human heart Argent.

The lion is said to be the emblem of "deathless courage".
In Ireland the lion also represented the 'lion' season, prior to the full arrival of Summer.
The lion symbol can also represent a great Warrior or Chief.

The heart used in heraldry signifies a man of sincerity and one who speaks the truth from his heart, and is also used as the emblem of Sincerity, Truthfulness, and Charity.

MOTTO:
FORTITER ET FIDELITER~ BRAVE AND FAITHFUL

This coat of arms was classed as for a person "of more than ordinary excellence", "divine". It was first found registered under the spelling of Nicholas Le Devin in 1187.

Glossary of Terms

Arm Couped below the elbow

Couped:
Cut off smoothly; used especially for the head or limb.

Flammant Sword

Flammant:
Engulfed in Flame

Shield - Gules

Gules:
Gules The color red, used to represent a Warrior a Martyr or Military Strength, indicated in seals, blazons and engraved figures of escutcheons by parallel vertical lines.

Passant Guardant Lion

Passant:
Being a beast facing and walking toward the viewer's left with right front leg raised
Guardant:
Looking at the observer

Argent - Heart

Argent:
The white color in coats of arms, intended to represent silver, or, figuratively, purity, innocence, beauty, or gentleness.