The Brubaker Coat of Arms

The Brubacher Coat of Arms was secured in Switzerland by Dr. Albert P. Brubaker of Philadelphia when on a visit to that county. It had as a title, "Familie Brubacher," and was a black and white print. An artist was secured to produce the colored print used below.

A coat of Arms is an heraldic insignia originally embroidered on a tabard, or short coat, worn by knights over armor. They originated in days of chivalry, when they were used to distinguish individuals whom it was difficult to recognize when in full armor. The favorite emblem of the knight later became the adopted badge of the family.

Brubaker Coat of Arms

The Brubaker Coat of Arms is marshalled and shows a blending of two or more coats of arms to form one composition. This composite is the result of families alliances. The upper part of the emblem came from the husband's side of the house, that at the bottom came from the wife's family. The outstanding insignia is the unicorn, which is a symbol of knightly honor, purity, protector of virtue, cure for all kinds of diseases, antidote for all poisons. Its selection was probably due to honor bestowed upon a doctor of feudal armies. The unicorn at the top rests on a wreath of twisted silk, the number and color of twists show family connections and rank. The lower unicorn is in the same position or attitude--that is "Rampant," and means the same as the upper, except that it has a shield as background and is standing on the mountain, thus representing lordship of clan, or cheiftain.

The branches and leaves of Acanthus both at the right and the left symbolize children or branches of the family. The pendant around the peer's helmet is an indication of rank bestowed for service as a peer. The strop at the bottom was obviously used like a belt to hold the coat in place over the armor. *

*(History and Genealogy of the Brubaker, Brubacher, Brewbaker Family in America by Phares Brubaker Gibble