A couple of years ago I was in Houston, Texas and was reading The Path : Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for Life and in it the author suggested drawing the form of a shield and dividing it into four quadrants. Within these four quadrants she said to draw a symbol of something that symbolized something important to you. This, she said, was your personal coat of arms, a symbolic mission statement as it were.
I never got around to doing that, but it enters my mind now and then. The myth of a family coat of arms is alluring, but truth is, most every family does not have a coat of arms. It is unlikely that you can look your name up in a book and find a coat of arms.
Still, the thought of creating one of my own is entertaining.