This week’s theme/prompt is: HEADS – Royal. For more participants in Heads or Tails click HERE.
I would like to tell you I am a descendant of royalty because I have always been fascinated by tales of historic royalty. I could tell you I was named for a queen, but that would only be one sentence. So instead I will regale you with tales of dear Mr. Vixen’s ancestry. After all, marrying into royalty is the same as being royal, n’est pas?
MacDougal has done a lot of genealogy for us, both my family and Mr. Vixen’s. He has found nearly an entire state of Mr. Vixen’s family, including living relatives, family reunions, and an entire cemetery named for us. This name we have, with it’s rich American history, is not the same name Mr. Vixen’s ancestors came to the promised land with. We believe at Ellis Island it was changed to it’s current form.
For today’s prompt we will, however, concentrate on the original form: Eckhardt. One translation says: “Eck” means sword in Latin and “hardt” means hard, therefore being swordhard. Another says “by the sharp edge of the sword” First found in Saxony, it appears to belong mostly to German Black Knights of noble birth.
The main insignia on the family’s coat of arms is a shield with an arm clad in armor holding a sword and cutting with it an oak branch. The oak branch is denoted by its leaves and acorns. This symbolizes that the family bears a “strong sword.”
So, now you may all feel free to address me as Lady Vixen.