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Jonathan David Makepeace

Registration number 20080828A

This certifies that the heraldic badge of Jonathan David Makepeace are registered as an original design and described by the blazon below

Badge: A lion's face affronté proper, issuant from his mouth six ears of barley Gules, three on either side.


2004 Bureau of Heraldry (South Africa)
2005 Canadian Heraldic Authority

Biographical information

Born in Germany to U.S. American parents and raised in Princeton, Illinois, J. D. earned a bachelors degree in political science (with a minor in Germanic languages and literatures) and a masters degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since immigrating to Canada in 2001 he has earned a certificate in written French from the Université du Québec à Montréal, published articles on heraldry, and designed coats of arms for his maternal and paternal families. With nearly a decade of professional experience in academic or research libraries, J. D. is currently an MBA student at HEC Montréal.

Design rationale

A play on the surname Makepeace, the design is based on the final phrase of Isaiah 11:7, "and the lion shall eat straw like the ox." Barley alludes to the Book of Ruth and J. D.'s 1992 conversion to Judaism, Ruth being the paragon of converts and the story taking place during the barley harvest. Ruth was also great-grandmother to King David, Lion of Judah, whom Jonathan son of Saul loved as his own soul (1 Samuel 18), surpassing that of women (2 Samuel 1:26). The three stalks of barley on each side represent the three generations from Boaz and Ruth to King David. Gold and red are J. D.'s maternal livery colors.

Registered by



Personal, Original, CA, US, M

Roll of Arms