Cerrina de Clare

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Cerrina de Clare
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Cerrina de Clare in the state of California
Born12 August 1999
Ensanada, Baja California, United Mexican States
NationalityUnited States
CitizenshipUnited Mexican States & United States of America
EducationFresno City College
FamilyHouse de Clare

Cerrina de Clare (1999-present) is the only daughter of Crissy Marie Painter and Natalie de Clare. She was born in Ensanada, Baja California, United Mexican States on 12 August 1999. She is a dual citizen of both the U.S. and Mexico. She is not married and has no children at this time. It took her a great deal of time to obtain U.S. citizenship due to the extensive bureaucratic processes of the United States Government. She was finally granted U.S. Citizenship in 2014.

Armorial Bearings

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Cerrina de Clare's Armorial Bearings using a curved octagon lozenge.
Ensenada, Baja, United Mexican States - the birthplace of Cerrina de Clare in 1999
The Clan MacDuff Crest Badge. Motto: Deus juvat - "God assists". Badge: A lion rampant, holding a dagger in its paw.

Armorial bearings are also known colloquially as a Coat of Arms. They are the principal part of a system of hereditary symbols dating back to early medieval Europe, used primarily to establish identity in battle.[1][2]They are still used today by royalty, nobility and knights to cover, protect, and identify the wearer; to denote their decedents, property ownership and their profession.[1][2] Armorial Bearings belong to specific individuals not families as there is no such thing as a family Coat of Arms or a family crest. [3][4]

This curved octagon is a lozenge adapted to provide an area in which it is easier to arrange the charges.[5] The lozenge has for many centuries been particularly associated with women as a vehicle for the display of their coats of arms (instead of the escutcheon or shield). In modern English and Scottish, but not Canadian, heraldry, the arms of an unmarried woman and of widows are usually shown on a lozenge rather than an escutcheon, without crest or helm.

An oval or cartouche is occasionally also used instead of the lozenge.[6][7] There were very few women in history that were granted a coat of arms using a shield as it was not normal practice for women to participate in battle. The United Kingdom still employs this tradition to Armorial Bearings.

Spelling Variations

The surname Clare was first found in Suffolk where Richard Fitz Gilbert, 1st Baron of Clare (1030-1091) held no less than ninety-five lordships in Suffolk, all attached to his chief lordship of Clare in the same county. To this family we owe the name of an English town, an Irish county, royal dukedoms (such as Clarence), Clare College, Clare Castle, Clare Bridge, Caerphilly Castle countless de Clare Priories, and various other villages, buildings, and momuments in Wales, Ireland and England respectively. Prior to the advent standardized dictionaries and the printing press the English language was fraught with surname variations of the same families. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the de Clare family name include Clair, Clare, Clere, O'Clear, O'Clair and others.


Cerrina de Clare attended public schools primarily in the state of Oregon. She received her General Education Diploma from Lane County Community College in the state of Oregon in 2016 and is currently studying Psychology at Fresno City College in Fresno, California, United States. She can speak four languages: English, German, Korean and Simplified Chinese.

Family Ancestory

Cerrina de Clare's family ancestry is a long and interesting tale and half of her ancestors can all be traced back to the Danes from around the 8th century C.E. Her English ancestors came from the Duchy of Normandy during the conquest of England in 1066. A couple centuries later some of his Norman Ancestors went to Ireland in the late 12th century and stayed for hundreds of years. She has only one noble lineage that procreated with the Irish inhabitants in the O'Carroll and Kavanaugh lines thus, making her a Cianachta member under the O'Carroll of Éile O'Carroll lineage. This lineage has not currently been recognized by the Cianachta Irish Clan. Ethnically she is Danish, English and Prussian. Her mother's ancestry goes back to the Kingdom of Prussia but this lineage has not been verified or researched.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Woodcock, T., & Robinson, J. M. (1988). The Oxford guide to heraldry (Vol. 116). Oxford University Press.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fox-Davies, A. C. (2007). A complete guide to heraldry. Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
  3. College of Arms (2015) The United Kingdom College of Arms. Retrieved from http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/
  4. The Court of the Lord Lyon of Scotland (2015). About Coats of Arms. Retrieved from http://www.lyon-court.com/lordlyon/216.181.html
  5. Fox-Davies, A. C. (2007). A complete guide to heraldry. Skyhorse Publishing Inc..
  6. Von Volborth, C. A. (1981). Heraldry: customs, rules, and styles. Sterling Pub Co Inc.
  7. Blount, L. (2017). Women in the Age of Chivalry and Heraldry. JWEE, (3-4), 47-58.