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Jeffrey Robert Heeter, KHS

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 06 Dec. 2018. Registration No. 0473 (Vol.3).

Arms: Argent, flaunched chequy Gules and Argent upon a mound of three hillocks Vert a tower sans entrance Gules.

Crest: Between a pair of Vesselhorns per fess Argent and Gules, upon a mound of three hillocks Vert a tower sans entrance Gules; the whole issuing from a “Heeter Coronet” (comprising of four heater shields upon a circlet) Or.

Motto: Spring Über Deinen Schatten (Jump Over Your Shadow)

Badge: A Heeter Coronet Blue Celeste.

Assumed: United States of America, 12th January 2018.

Arms Designed by The Armorial Register® in consultation with the Armiger.

The armiger is a descendant of and successor in line to William Heater of Ohio, USA (b. 1842. d. 1888), who served in the Union Army during the US Civil War ca. 1864 and died 1888 of complications from an illness contracted during his military service. William Heater's line is a cadet branch of a family first seen in America when Hanß Adam Hüter arrived in Philadelphia from Germany 14 Sep. 1751. Hüter, by trade a tailor, served as a Second Lieutenant during the American War of Independence and as a judge in the vicinity of Berks County, Pennsylvania.

The Arms of William Heater

While no documented grants or registrations of arms to William Heater are presently known to exist, William Heater's heirs have at times used (assumed) arms similar in motif but differenced from those represented as Huter on plate 164 of Siebmacher's Wappenbuch von 1605. Typical differences from Siebmacher’s example have included changes in tincture, division of the field, and—in more recent times—an addition of flaunching to the shield. Because no direct genealogical relationship between Hüter of Pennsylvania and Siebmacher’s Huter can be proven, such differenced arms are understood to be an allusion to the family's ancient surname and German origin.

In assuming and registering his arms, the armiger has chosen to retain the key elements of both the ancient arms and the more recent usage by his family, namely: the tower as principal charge, the tower repeated on the crest (a typical feature of German arms), and the argent and gules colour scheme. The armiger has, however, elected to make several changes to the blazon to reflect the modern makeup of his family:

In keeping with the American preference to avoid marshalling (despite his mother being a heraldic co-heiress to a cadet branch of Burazin of Split), the armiger has changed the field of the shield flaunching from solid to a chequy argent and gules, reminiscent of the Croatian Grb (coat of arms) to honour his mother's Croatian heritage.

The Badge of Jeffrey Heeter

Again in lieu of marshalling, the armiger has added a crest coronet—more commonly associated with English and continental heraldry than German or Scandinavian—in memory of his paternal grandmother, heraldic heiress to a cadet branch of Nickols of Reading (Massachusetts) that intermarried with other founding families of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire in New England including those of the Leiden Separatists of Plymouth. To that end, the armiger has commissioned the emblazonment of the canting Heeter Coronet—a coronet of heater-shaped shields (similar to the more typical naval crown)—as a play on the modern pronunciation of his surname.

Vesselhorn (bovine horns found almost exclusively in German and Scandinavian Heraldry) argent and gules were added to the crest in deference to his paternal grandfather’s Germanic origins.

The resulting blazon is intended to reflect correct German heraldry while incorporating elements of three distinct nationalities and traditions into a coherent whole.

 
 

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