Friday, January 9, 2009

Twilight: Cullen Family Crest Explained

There’s been a lot of speculation as to what the Cullen Family Crest means, so here’s my compilation of symbols from this fantastic heraldry site (

Lion–Fierce Courage
In Ireland the Lion represented the ‘lion’ season, prior to the full arrival of Summer. The symbol can also represent a great Warrior or Chief.

Trefoil/Shamrock–Perpetuity, longevity
In Ireland the Shamrock was used by Saint Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity and thus has Christian significance.

Hand–Faith, sincerity, justice
In Ireland the open hand was often used as a means of communicating through the ancient language known as ‘Ogham’. The open hand may have also signified the sun.

Arrows, Arrow-Heads–Military readiness, affliction

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