Can You Recognize These Famous Coats of Arms?

By: Olivia C
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About This Quiz

A coat of arms is a very recognizable image all over the world. Would you be able to identify one when you see one?

The general design of a coat of arms is usually in the form of a shield. In that shield, there will be some letters, words or numbers depicted in them. In some instances, the combination of all three will be featured there. These symbolic representations will mean something to the one bearing the coat of arms. And usually, these symbols will have years, decades or even centuries of meanings embedded in them.

Organizations, groups, clubs and other kinds of associations will have their own coats of arms. And members of such groupings or formations are always proud of their linkage to these formations. That is why the members all proudly display their varied coat of arms designs in various articles of clothing or other kinds of display accessories. And they also honor it highly, affording respect to it like they would afford the national flag of their respective countries. 

Do you think you can name some of these famous coat of arms in this quiz? We made a mix of the real and the fictional here, for more fun. Why not give it a try? Open it up and see!

This is the official coat of arms of the reigning British monarch. They also call it the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom or UK.

The Great Seal of the United States is actually used as the country's coat of arms. So that familiar eagle and flag design should be there.

Mexico's coat of arms features a cactus and a rattlesnake. There's also the golden eagle symbol.

Dwight Eisenhower was knighted by the Order of the Elephant. That's in Denmark.

George Washington also has his own personal coat of arms. It carries the motto "The outcome is the test of the act."

John F. Kennedy has his own coat of arms. It was granted to him by the Chief Herald of Ireland.

Thailand is a monarchy. This coat of arms is used by them, and also the government.

This is Germany's coat of arms. That's also an eagle, much like other countries' coats of arms.

The Emperor of Japan uses this Chrysanthemum Seal. It is called the Imperial Seal of Japan.

Since she is now the The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has her own coat of arms. It's a tradition in the Royal Family.

This is the US Air Force coat of arms. They also call these service emblems.

This is the US Navy coat of arms. Can you see the ship there?

John Hancock also has his own coat of arms. Of course, it should have a hand designed in there...

Nazi Germany tinkered with the national coat of arms of the country. Their version has the swastika in there, that definitive marker of our times.

This is the US Army coat of arms. You have to have official permission to reproduce it.

Franklin Roosevelt's coat of arms has a good design. But it's not that totally different from the design of Theodore Roosevelt's.

Bill Clinton is the last known US President to have his personal coat of arms. His was granted by the Chief Herald of Ireland.

This is the US Marine Corps coat of arms. It's a bit similar in elements with the US Navy one, don't you think?

Ronald Reagan also has his own coat of arms. It has the motto "Deeds, not words."

Capt. James Cook is the known explorer and cartographer. That's why his coat of arms has that design.

The former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher also has her own coat of arms. It carries the motto "Cherish Freedom."

The controversial Capt. John Smith's coat of arms is not such a strange design, given his history. It's because he fought the Ottomans.

This is the coat of arms of India. That's in South Asia.

This is the coat of arms of Iceland. That's still in Europe. Don't you love the knight leaning on the central symbol?

The US Coast Guard is in charge of guarding the waters. It often works closely with the Navy.

House Lannister counts Casterly Rock as its seat. Of course, as of the most recent season, there's an issue there ...

Winter is coming! It is indeed, for House Stark.

Gryffindor seems to be the favorite house in Hogwarts. That's cool!

Slytherin has had a long and arduous history. But it's still a cool house...

Benjamin Franklin has a simple but elegant coat of arms. As a Founding Father, he deserved one!

This is the coat of arms for Botswana. It's interesting to note the zebras in there, for a change.

Thomas Jefferson has an elegant coat of arms. He's an important Founding Father who also became a president.

It's apt to adapt the elephant and its tusk for Ivory Coast's coat of arms. They are, after all, named after this precious material.

It's obvious that this is the coat of arms for Australia. The kangaroo gives it away.

Afghanistan has no animal whatsoever in its emblem. That's a mosque in their coat of arms.

The US National Guard has this in their coat of arms. They act as reserves for domestic purposes.

Fire and blood! That's what House Targaryen is all about.

Are they still legit? This coat of arms nonetheless symbolizes House Martell.

Hufflepuff has black and yellow as the official house colors. So their coat of arms also reflect that.

The house colors for Ravenclaw are blue and bronze. That's obvious in their coat of arms, too.

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