Whilst I have been researching different family crests and the symbols of the animals within Nordic and Celtic culture I thought of doing something more personal to my myself. Faulkner. Faulkner comes from the term falconer which is a falcon keeper. I have managed to find a family family illustration for the falconers which would of been put on shields and flags.
When researching Falcons and symbolic meanings behind them this came up:
"Further evidence of its solar influence, the Falcon was symbolic of the rising sun in Egypt. It is also the king of all birds where many gods were shown with the head or body of the Falcon (including Ra).
In European tradition, the Falcon represents the huntsman and is associated with the Germanic sky-gods Wodan as well as Frigg and the trickster Loki. In European culture the Falcon is considered a warlike symbol."
Researching further into falconers and goes further back to this illustration:
They say: "FALCONER, a surname derived from the ancient office of keeper of the falcons of the king. The first on record of this name was Ranulph, the son of Walter de Lenorp, falconer to King William the Lion, about 1200. From that monarch he had a charter of the lands of Luthra, now called Luther, Balbegno, and others in the Mearns, which he called Hawkerton (afterwards Halkertoun) from his office, having charge of the king’s hawks."
Therefore I could turn these crests into a character that is a falcon keeper, but the keeper of the kings birds etc. I could set this story in another environment of a more magical land.
The other idea is to use a symbol from Norse mythology:
"Yggdrasil - In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is an immense tree that is central in Norse cosmology; the world tree, and around the tree existed nine worlds. It is generally considered to mean "Ygg's (Odin's) horse". Yggdrasil is an immense ash tree that is central and considered very holy."
I could adapt this symbol also into another character perhaps using this description? Or maybe interlink the two ideas?