ad U.S. Heraldic Registry � Registrations/Tucker, Cary Winans ?




Cary Winans Tucker

Registration number 20080208A

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Cary Winans Tucker are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below

Arms: Azure a chevron barry dancetty Argent and Gules between three sea-horses Argent.
Crest: Issuant from a wreath Azure and Argent two chains palewise with end rings Or, above the chains an eagle displayed sans tongue Argent, armed, beaked, membered, and crowned Or grasping the end rings in its talons.
Motto: Fortius ex asperis (“Stronger after difficulties”)

Biographical information

Cary Winans Tucker was born in San Francisco, California in 1971 – a scion of a long line of Tuckers. He is a participant in the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation as well as the Tucker Surname Project with Family Tree DNA. Heraldic design is an outgrowth of his interest in genealogy.

Design rationale

My personal heraldic design was created by compounding elements from coats of arms in both my maternal (Polish) and paternal (Northwestern European) ancestry. Specifically, the surnames of my paternal great-grandparents were Fergusson, Kelly, Tucker, and Winans.

The crowned eagle in the crest was inspired by the coat of arms for the Republic of Poland. The golden chains with end rings were adapted from a coat of arms for Kelly and also suggest that the eagle is carrying something – a rebus for my given name, Cary. The tinctures of the torse, azure and argent, appear as the principal color and metal in Winans and some Tucker coats of arms.

The chevron with three sea-horses is a design found not only in many Tucker coats of arms but also in arms for some variants of Tucker, such as Tooker and O'Tuachair. While several Tucker coats of arms have a field with a barry tincture, a solid azure field appears in Fergusson and Kelly as well as other Tucker arms. The use of argent and gules divided barwise was influenced not only by the argent field and gules chief in the Winans coat of arms but also by the horizontal stripes in the flag of the United States of America. The dancetty partition is a pun on my passion for dance.

My personal motto, Fortius ex asperis ("Stronger after difficulties"), is a variation on the motto of the clan Fergusson, Dulcius ex asperis ("Sweeter after difficulties").

Registered by



Personal, Original, US, T

Roll of Arms