Ainsworth HeraldryThere are at least four authentic coats of arms associated with various branches of the Ainsworth family, two shown here. Ainsworth of Pleasington, shown at left (the arms associated with the present day village of Ainsworth) consists of three silver shovels on a blue background, with the motto “Spes meliora” (“I hope for better things”). So if you are interested in coats of arms, you don’t need to fall victim to those mail-order merchants who sell fake family histories and coats of arms.
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Before getting too far into the idea of family heraldry, you should probably read an article such as “Heraldry” by J. Charles Thompson in How To Trace Your Family Tree, American Genealogical Research Institute (1973, Doubleday. $5.95 ISBN 0-385-09885-5). Essentially, coats of arms do not belong to a family, but to an individual. You are really entitled to use them only if you can prove that you are the heir (oldest son to oldest son etc.) of the individual to whom they were granted. There is nothing wrong with displaying a coat of arms of someone with your surname, as long as you understand they are not necessarily your arms. But it’s nice to know one is descended from a family whose members were entitled to bear arms, and I for one will allow myself to indulge in this small vanity.