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How to Design your own Game of Thrones Style Family Reunion T-Shirt

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Game of Thrones is a wildly popular series on HBO and while it would not be described as family friendly, the prevailing theme throughout is allegiance to family or houses. The different houses feature mottos or “words” they use to describe their ideals and these extend to those under their protection.

Each house adopts heraldry or insignia to differentiate families. Obviously Game of Thrones is fiction but these devices are real and historically were used as a means to identify your allies on a field of battle.

You may already have a family motto or slogan that has been passed down through generations or maybe you need to do some research on the subject. Even if you’re family name isn’t steeped in deep history, you can adopt a family crest that you’ve designed yourself. Here are some common heraldric symbols available in our design studio found using keyword: heraldry. Other keywords to use in your clip art search are crest, banner, crowns, badge, coat of arms, and specific animal names. The traditional meaning behind them is explained below so you can incorporate what is meaningful to your family.

The Anchor
anchor clipart
Symbolizes hope in the form of religion; unyielding
The Anvil
anvil clipart
Symbolizes honor
The Apple
apple
Symbolizes well-being, bounty
The Arrow
arrows
Symbolizes martial readiness or a willing to fight
The Barrel
barrel
Symbol of brewers
The Bear
bear clipart
Symbolizes the protector of family, strength, ferociousness
The Bee
bee
Symbolizes hard and industrious work
The Book
book
Symbolizes learning and knowledge, if open; manifestation
The Castle
castle
Symbolizes safety and protection
The Cat
cat
Symbolizes freedom, watchfulness, precognition, and stoutheartedness
The Cross
cross
Dependant on the type of cross but generally Christianity
The Crown
crown
Symbolizes authority and importance
The Dragon
dragon
Symbol of the defender, gallantry
The Eagle
eagle
Symbolizes a noble protector, bravery, watchfulness
Fleur-de-lis
fleur de lis
Symbolizes purity and light
The Griffin
griffin
Symbolizes the protector, guardian of riches
The Hand
hand
Symbolizes truth and justice
The Helmet
helmet
Symbolizes knowledge of defense; unbeatable, strong
The Horse
horse
Symbolizes swiftness, readiness, and masculinity
The Lion
lion
Symbolizes bravery, valor, and ferociousness
The Moon
moon
Serene power over ordinary actions
The Pegasus
pegasus
Symbolizes messenger from God, fame, and great activity
The Ram
ram
Symbol for authority
The Scales of Justice
scale of justice
Symbolizes justice
The Snake
snake
Symbolizes wisdom
The Stag
stag
Symbolizes peace and harmony unless provoked
The Sword
sword
Symbolizes justice and honor in battle

Below are a few t-shirt mockups to showcase how easy it is to design your very own Game of Thrones style t-shirt for family reunions or events.

family reunion tee with bees
dragon family reunion tshirt
moon
tee with snake

Family mottos are either something you have or something you can author yourself. Researching family genealogy sites can reveal general motto’s attached to well-known surnames. But in the spirit of creating a Game of Thrones themed family reunion shirt, here are some slogans you can use or combine parts of many for something original.

  • Boldness and Devotion
  • We Live in Faith
  • By Sea and By Land
  • By Faith and Toil
  • Mindful of God, Faithful to Friends
  • By Virtue and Oaths
  • Loyalty Keeps Me
  • Let us Pursue Higher Things
  • Generous and Forgiving
  • Patriotism Guides Me
  • Fortune Favors the Brave
  • After Clouds, Light
  • Bravely Go
  • Always Faithful
  • Always Thriving
  • Never Backwards
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