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Name

Motto

Translation


A

Abbot

Benedic fontes, Domine

Bless wells, O lord!

Abbot

Labore

By labour

Abbott

Age officium tuum

Act your office

Abbott

Clamamus, Abba, Pater

Whereby we cry, Abba, Father

Abbott

Toujours pret, or prest

Always ready

Abbs

In te, Domine, speravi

In thee, O Lord, have I put my trust

Abbs

Noli irritare leonem

Irritate not the lion

Abdy

Tenax et fidelis

Persevering and faithful

Abell

Invicta veritate

By invincible truth

Abercorn

Sola nobilitas virtus

Virtue is the only nobility

Abercorn

Through

Through

Abercrombie

Mercy is my desire

Mercy is my desire

Abercrombie

Petit alta

He seeks high things

Abercromby

In cruce salus

In the cross is salvation

Abercromby

Tace

Be silent

Abercromby

Vive ut vivas

Live that you may live

Aberdeen

Fortuna sequatur

Let fortune be attendant

Aberdeen

Intemerata fides

Faith undefiled

Aberdeen

Ne nimium

Not too much

Aberdour

Hinc spes effulget

Hence hope shines forth

Abergavenny

Ne vile velis

Wish nothing base

Abernethy

Salus per Christum

Salvation through Christ

Abinger

Suis stat viribus

He stands by his own powers

Ablett

Pro fide ablectus

Chosen for fidelity

Abney

Fortiter et honestŤ

Boldly and honourably

Abney

In veritate victoria

Victory is in truth

Abyssinia

Vivit Leo de Tribu Juda

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah lives

Accorne

Stabo

I shall stand

Achany

Per ardua ad alta

Through straits to heights

Acheson

Vigilantibus

While they watch

Achieson

Observe

Observe

Ackers

La libertť

Liberty

Ackles

Non vox sed votum

Not in voice but a wish.

Ackworth

Vincit qui patitur

He conquers who endures

Acland

Inťbranlable

Not to be shaken

Acourt

Grandescunt aucta labore

The acquirements of industry render illustrious

Acton

Avitú gloriú memor

Mindful of ancestral glory

Acton

Vaillaunce avance le home

Valour advances the man

Adair

I dare

I dare

Adair

Loyal ŗ mort

Loyal to death

Adair

Loyal au mort

Loyal to the dead

Adam

Crux mihi grata quies

The cross is my pleasing rest

Adams

Certior in cúlo domus

A surer home in heaven

Adams

Libertas et natale solum

Liberty and my native soil

Adams

Sub cruce veritas

Truth under the cross

Addenbrooke

Esse quam videri

To be rather than seem to be

Addenbrooke

Vincit qui patitur

He conquers who endures

Addington

Libertas sub rege pio

Liberty under a pious king

Addison

Addecet honeste vivere

It much becomes us to live honourably

Addison

Let the deed shaw

Let the deed shaw

Adml. Sir G. Edenhamond

Sepulto viresco

I revive from my burial

Adson

Stand sure

Stand sure

Affleck

Pretiosum quod utile

That is valuable which is useful

Agar

Spectemur agendo

Let us be viewed by our actions

Agar

Via trita via tuta

The beaten road is a safe road

Agardes

Dieu me garde

God keep me

Agnew

Be faithful

Be faithful

Agnew

Consilio non impetu

By counsel, not by force

Ahrends

Post nubila Phúbus

After clouds sunshine

Aiken

In cruce salus

In the cross is salvation

Aikenhead

Annoso robore quercus

An oak in aged strength

Aikenhead

Rupto robore nati

We are born from the broken oak (referring to the acorns in the arms)

Aikin

Sub robore virtus

Virtue under strength

Aikman

Sub robore virtus

Virtue under strength

Ailesbury

Fuimus

We have been

Ailesbury

Think and thank

Think and thank

Ailsa

Avise la fin

Consider the end

Ainslie

Pietas tutissima virtus

Piety is the surest virtue

Aird

Vigilantia

Vigilance

Airderbeck

Stand sure

Stand sure

Airlie

A fin

To the end

Aiscough

In hoc signo vinces

Under this sign thou shalt conquer

Aiton

Decerptú dabunt odorem

Plucked they will emit fragrance

Aiton

Et decerptú dabunt odorem

Even when plucked they will give out scent

Aiton

Virtute orta occidunt rarius

Things sprung form virtue rarely perish

Akers

E vive en esperance

And live in hope

Akers

Je vive en esperance

I live in hope

Akins

Honor et virtus

Honour and virtue

Akroyd

In utroque paratus

Prepared in either case

Akroyd

In veritate victoria

Victory is in truth

Albemarle

Ne cede malis

Yield not to misfortunes

Alcock

Calco sub pedibus

I trample it under my feet

Aldborough

Virtuti nihil obstat et armis

Nothing resists valour and arms

Aldersey

Alnus semper floreat

May the Alder always flourish

Aldrige

Dirige

Direct us

Aldworth

Nec sperno, nec timeo

I neither despise nor fear

Alexander

Ducitur, non trahitur

He is led, not drawn

Alexander

Fidem servo

I keep faith

Alexander

Per mare, per terras

By sea and land

Algar

Nisi virtus vilior alga

Without virtue viler than the sea-weed

Alison

Vincit veritas

Truth conquers

Aljoy

Non deficit alter

Another is not wanting

Allan

Fortiter gerit crucem

He bravely supports the cross

Allan

Summa rerum vestigia sequor

I follow the highest tracks of things

Allan

Virtute et labore

By valour and exertion

Allardic

In cruce spero

I trust in the cross

Allardice

In defence

In defence

Allardice

In defence of the distressed

In defence of the distressed

Allardice

My defence

My defence

Allardyce

Bene qui pacifice

He lives well who lives peacefully

Allcard

Semel et semper

Once and always

Allcock

Vigilate

Watch

Allen

Amicitia sine fraude

Friendship without deceit

Allen

Diligenter et fideliter

Diligently and faithfully

Allen

Dirigatt Deus

May God direct us

Allen

Fide et labore

By faith and labour

Allen

In Deo solo speravi

In God alone I have trust

Allen

Remember

Remember

Allen

Triumpho morte tain vitŻ

I triumph equally in death as in life

Allen

Vita vel morte triumpha

Triumph in life or death

Alleyne

Non tua te moveant, sed publica vota

Let not thy own, but the public wishes actuate thee

Allington

Dieu est tout

God is every thing

Alloway

Soli Deo

To God alone

Almack

Mack all sicker

Mack all sicker

Alpin

Cuinich bas Alpin

Remember the death of Alpin

Alpin

Virtutis regia merces

Royal is the reward of virtue

Alston

Immotus

Immoveable

Alston

In altum

Toward heaven

Alvanley

Patienti‚ vinces

By patience thou wilt conquer

Alves

Deo favente

By the favour of God

Amand

Sperabo

I will hope

Amaranta

Dolce nella memoria

Sweet in the memory

Amery

Tu ne cede malis

Yield not to misfortunes

Amherst

Constantia et virtute

By constancy and virtue

Amherst

Victoria concordi‚ crescit

Victory increases by concord

Amos

Sapere aude

Dare to be wise

Amphlett

Vincit qui patitur

He conquers who endures

Ancram

Hold fast

Hold fast

Anderson

Fortiter et rectŤ

Boldly and rightly

Anderson

Gnaviter

Skilfully

Anderson

Gradatim

By degrees

Anderson

Nil desperandum auspice Deo

Nothing to be despaired of under the auspices of God

Anderson

Per mare

By sea

Anderson

Qui honeste fortiter

He who acts honestly acts bravely

Anderson

Recte quod honeste

That is rightly which is honestly done

Anderson

Stand sure

Stand sure

Anderton

We stoop not

We stoop not

Andrew

Virtute et fortuna

By valour and good fortune

Andrews

Give and forgive

Give and forgive

Andrews

Victrix fortunú sapientia

Wisdom the conqueror of fortune

Andrews

Vigueur líamour de croix

The love of the cross gives strength

Anglesea

Per il suop contrario

By its opposite

Anguish

Anguis in herba

A snake in the grass

Anguish

Latet anguis in herba

The snake lurks in the grass

Angus

Fortis est veritas

Truth is strong

Anketel

Vade ad formicam

Go to the ant

Anna of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

God send me wel to kepe

God send me wel to kepe

Annand

Sperabo

I will hope

Annand

Spero

I hope

Anne Boleyn, Queen of Henry VIII

Mihi et meú

For me and for mine

Annesley

Meliora supersunt

Better things remain

Annesley

Virtutis amore

Through love to virtue

Anson

Nil desperandum

Never despair

Anstruther

Periissem, ni per-iissem

I had perished, unless I had gone through with it

Anstruther

Toujours pret, or prest

Always ready

Answorth

Spero meliora

I hope for better things

Antrobus

Dei memor, gratus amicis

Mindful of God, grateful to friends

Apreece

Labora ut in úternum vivas

Strive that you may live for ever

Aprice

Pullis corvorum invorantibus eum

When the young, ones of the crows call upon him

Arbuthnot

Innocent and true

Innocent and true

Arbuthnot

Innocue ac provide

Harmlessly and providently

Arbuthnot

Interna prústant

Inward things are best

Arbuthnot

Sit laus Deo

Praise be to God

Arbuthnot

Tam interna quam externa

As well internal as external (qualities)

Arbuthnott

Laus Deo

Praise be to God

Arcbald

Ut reficiar

That I may be replenished

Archbald

Ditat servata fides

Tried fidelity enriches

Archbald

Palma non sine pulvere

The palm is not obtained without labour

Archdale

Data fata secutus

Following my destiny

Archer

Sola bona quú honesta

Those things only are good which are honest

Archer

Sola Deus salus

God the only salvation

Archever

Ready

Ready

Archibald

Ut reficiar

That I may be replenished

Arden

Nihil obstabit eunti

Nothing shall oppose him as he goes

Arden

Patienti‚ vinces

By patience thou wilt conquer

Arden

Sub cruce candida

Under the white cross

Areskine

Ausim et confido

I am brave and confident

Argyll

Vix ea nostra voco

I scarce call these things our own

Aringdon

Virtus ariete fortior

Virtue is stronger than a battering-ram

Ariton

Dum spiro spero

While I have breath I hope

Arkley

Bene qui sedulo

He lives well who lives industriously

Arkwright

Multa tuli fecique

I have endured and done much

Armistead

Suivez la raison

Follow reason

Armitage

Fortiter et fideliter

Boldly and faithfully

Armour

Cassis tutissima virtus

Virtue is the safest helmet

Armstrong

Invicta labore

Unconquered by labour

Armstrong

Invictus maneo

I remain unconquered

Armstrong

Vi et armis

By force and arms

Arnell

Sans heure

Without time

Arnet

Speratum et completum

Hoped for and fulfilled

Arnett

Constans et fidelis

Constant and faithful

Arnold

Ut vivas vigila

Watch that you may live

Arnot

Nunc aut nunquam

Now or never

Arnut

Speratum et completum

Hoped for and fulfilled

Arran

In hoc signo vinces

Under this sign thou shalt conquer

Arrat

Pax armis acquiritur

Peace is acquired by arms

Arrot

Antiquum assero decus

I claim ancient honour

Arthur

Impelle obstantia

Thrust aside obstacles

Arundel

De hirundine

From the swallow

Arundel

Deo date

Give unto God

Arundel

Nulli prúda

A prey to no one

Arundell

Deo, patriú, amicis

To God, my country, and my friends

Arundell

Deo servire regnare est

To serve God is to reign

Arundell

Vigilantia, robur, voluptas

Vigilance, strength, pleasure

Aschmaty

Dum spiro spero

While I have breath I hope

Asgile

Sui oblitus commodi

Regardless of his own interest

Ashbrook

Mens conscia recti

A mind conscious of rectitude

Ashburner

Quicquid crescit in cinere perit

Whatever grows perishes in ashes

Ashburnham

Le roy et líestat

The king and the state

Ashburnham

Will God and I shall

Will God and I shall

Ashburton

Virtus in arduis

Courage in difficulties

Ashby

Be just, and fear not

Be just, and fear not

Ashe

Fight

Fight

Ashe

Non nobis sed omnibus

Not for ourselves, but for all mankind

Asheton

In Domino confido

I trust in the Lord

Ashley

Legite et discite

Read and learn

Ashmole

Ex uno omnia

All things are from one

Ashmore

Cave! Adsum

Beware! I am present

Ashton

Agere pro aliis

To act for others

Ashtown

Virtutis fortuna comes

Fortune is the companion of valour

Ashurst

Degeneranti, genus opprobrium

To a degenerate man his family is a disgrace

Ashurst

Vincit qui patitur

He conquers who endures

Askew

Fac et spera

Do and hope

Askew

Patientia casus exsuperat omnes

Patience masters all chances

Aspinall

∆gis fortissima virtus

Virtue is the strongest shield

Asscotti

Dum spiro spero

While I have breath I hope

Assherton

Nec arrogo, nec dubito

I neither arrogate nor hesitate, i.e. I neither claim too much, nor do I hesitate to claim my due

Astell

Fide, sed cui vide

Trust, but in whom take care

Astell

Sub cruce glorior

I glorify under the cross

Astley

Fide, sed cui vide

Trust, but in whom take care

Astley

Fide, sed cui vide

Trust, but in whom take care

Astley

Justitú tenax

Persevering in justice

Aston

E tellure effodiuntur opes

Our wealth is dug out of the earth

Aston

Numini et patriú

I stand by God and my country

Aston

Pret

Ready

Aston

Pret dí accomplir

Ready to accomplish

Atcherley

Spe posteri temporis

In hope of the latter time

Atcheson

Observe

Observe

Atchison

Vigilantibus

While they watch

Athlone

Malo mori quam fúdari

I would rather die than be disgraced

Athol

Furth fortune, and fill the fetters

Furth fortune, and fill the fetters

Atkins

Be just, and fear not

Be just, and fear not

Atkins

By the sword

By the sword

Atkins

Caute et sedulo

Cautiously and carefully

Atkinson

Crede Deo

Trust in God

Atkinson

Credo Deo

Believe in God

Atkinson

Deo, regi fielis

Faithful to God and the king

Atkinson

Est pii Deum et patriam diligere

It is the part of a pious man to love God and his country

Atkinson

Nil sine labore

Nothing without labour

Atkyns

By the providence of God

By the providence of God

Atkyns

Vincit cum legibus arma

He conquers arms by laws

Atterbury

Loyal au mort

Loyal to the dead

Atthill

Honorantes me honorabo

I will honour those who honour me

Atthill

Monte de alto

From a high hill

Attwood

Vivere sat vincere

To conquer is to live enough

Atty

Eamus qup ducit fortuna

Let us go where fortune leads

Aubert

Aides Dieu!

Help, O God!

Aubert

Fide et fortitudine

With faith and fortitude

Aubertin

Esto fidelis

Be faithful

Aubrey

Solem fero

I bear the sun

Aubrey

Ubi amor ibi fides

Where there is love there is faith

Auchmuty

Dum spiro spero

While I have breath I hope

Auckland

Si sit prudentia

If there be prudence

Audley

Je le tiens

I hold it

Audley

Merci, fortune

Thank you, fortune

Aufrere

Esto quod esse videris

Be what you seem to be

Auld

Major virtus gquam splendor

Virtue is preferable to splendour

Auld

Virtute et constantia

By valour and constancy

Aulde

Virtute et constantia

By valour and constancy

Auldjo

Non deficit alter

Another is not wanting

Aungier

Scio cui confido

I know in whom I trust

Austen

Ne quid nimis

Not too much of anything

Austin

Crux nostra corona

The cross is our crown

Austria

Pax et salus Europú

The peace and safety of Europe

Austria

Uno avulso, non deficit alter

When one is torn away another is not wanting

Aveland

Deus prosperat justos

God prospers the just

Aveland

Habere et dispertire

To have and to share with others

Averquerque

Je míen souvien-dray

I will remember it

Avonmore

Renascentur

They will rise again

Aylesford

Aperto vivere voto

To live without a wish concealed

Aylet

Not in vain

Not in vain

Aylmer

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Aylmer

Steady

Steady

Aylward

Verus et fidelis semper

True and faithful ever

Aymand

La vie durante

During life

Aynesworth

Courage sans peur

Courage without fear

Ayre

Lúto aere florent

They flourish in glad air

Ayre

Lighter than air

Lighter than air

Ayres

Virtute et votes

By virtue and vows

Ayscough

Fac et spera

Do and hope


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