These were sent in by Jason Heeter, who runs www.heeter.com:
The text reads:
"The Heeter Coat of Arms, illustrated by an heraldic artist, employs symbols upon a shield following the traditional system of heraldry which originated in medieval times. Heraldry, which developed among the nobles in the 11th Century, was instituted primarily for the purpose of distinguishing one man in armor from another during the confusion of battle. The heraldic symbols, or charges, chosen by an individual for his personal coat of arms could reflect his heritage, achievements, rank, occupation or personal characterstics.
"Individual surnames originated for the purpose of more specific identification. The four primary sources for second names were: occupation, location, father's name and personal characteristics. Based on our extensive research and our years of study into the heraldic and onomastic sciences, we believe the surname Heeter is locational in origin and is associated with the English and Dutch. The Heeter Coat of Arms is based on information derived from its meaning, linguistics or historical interpretation.
Heraldic artists of old developed their own unique language to describe an individual Coat of Arms. In the traditional language of heraldry, the Heeter Coat of Arms would be described as:
"Translation and interpretation:
- 'Az.; a cat-a-mountain rampant ppr., on a canton white, a cross gu.'
- The Heeter Coat of Arms is blue and bears a naturally-colored cat-a-mountain, rampant, emblem of Holland; on a white upper corner is the red Cross of St. George of England.
"Information available to us indicates that in 1972 there were less than 550 heads of households in the United States with the old and distinguished Heeter name. The United States Census Bureau in 1970 estimated that there were 3.1 persons per household, which means that fewer than 1705 people in the United States bear the Heeter name. In comparison, some of the most common family names are shared by over two million people.
"This report does not represent individual lineage or your family tree and no genealogical representation is intended or implied.
-- from Halberts, 3687 Ira Road, Bath, Ohio 44210; 1972
In other words, Halberts Co. in 1972 didn't really know where the Heeters came from, because there aren't very many of us, but they think we came from Holland and maybe England, and so they designed this spiffy coat of arms with symbols of Holland and England. Genealogy has come a long way since 1972, especially with the rise of the Internet, and someday we may find the coat of arms used by the actual Heeters of ages past, but until then, this will have to do! -- Bob Heeter
Information compiled by Robert F. "Bob" Heeter, Livermore, California.