There is, of course, no such thing as a family crest.
Nor was there ever such a thing.
A crest is part of a coat of arms, otherwise an armorial achievement. Which is granted to an individual and passes, on his death, to his older son.
There is a convention that a crest can be used within a belt and buckle by another member of the family. The belt and buckle signify "this is not my crest".
The notion of a family crest was propogated by Victorian stationers who were trying to sell their wares.
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