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Where in the World?

Depending on where you are in the world, a different institution will be responsible for the granting or registration of coats of arms. Please note that worldwide there is practically only the authority in Scotland which has absolute legal power over heraldry. In most other countries the 'authority' is only a relative one.

 

For those living in countries which used to be European colonies, often the heraldic authority of the former colonial power offers official registrations to those with hereditary links.

 

In some cases continued usage or adoption may be sufficient. Please contact us for further advice and clarification.

The Fellows of the Heraldic Institute are members of these organisations and societies. The Institute itself is not affiliated with these.

Academics may also be interested in contacting the Académie Internationale d'Héraldique

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Arms of Wilhelm Horwood FHI in a British style by Dr John Müller FHI

Arms of Michael Borth FHI in a German style by Wilhelm Horwood FHI

England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Authority  Society

School of Family History (Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies, UK)

 

Scotland

Authority  Society

 

Republic of Ireland

Authority

 

Canada

Authority  Society

 

Australia

No authority, please contact us for clarification

Society

 

New Zealand

No authority, contact us us for clarification

Society

 

United States

No authority, please contact us for clarification

Society - amongst others

Malta

Authority  Society

 

South Africa

An authority exists, but is currently not contactable.

Please contact us for further details.

Belgium

Authorities - Nobility  Flemish  French Community

Germany

No authority, please contact us for clarification

Society

 

Austria

No authority, please contact us for clarification

Society

 

Switzerland

No authority, please contact us for clarification

Society and Society - amongst others.

Czech Republic

No authority, please contact us for clarification

Society and Society

 

Italy

No authority, please contact us for clarification

 

Spain

Local authorities exist. Please contact us for clarification.

 

Portugal

No authority, please contact us for clarification.

 

Serbia

No authority, please contact us for clarification

 

Romania

No authority, please contact us for clarification

Society

Sovereign Order of Malta

No authority, please contact us for clarification

Please contact us with us if you notice any errors or omissions.

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