Re: Bieri Family Crest
The conversation is interesting -- Bieri Beery Crest or Coat of Arms.
I have long understood the crest for the Swiss Bieri family of Upper Emmental to be a lone pine tree on a silver background with a gold border. I purchased some with the tree there many years ago.
Another version has been offered commercially with a standing bear, which is also a crest for the canton of Bern, but I understand the lone pine tree version to come from Langnau/Signau Bieri families. The town of Langnau crest has three trees.
I have read that crests were developed and began to be used in Switzerland about 1800, after our ancestor Nicholas emmigrated in 1727.
My guess is that the old Mennonites would not have approved the use of any crest or coat of arms.
I have noticed that those who descend from the 1727 period immigrants have used the Beery name and that those who came to this country in the mid 1800s have kept the Swiss Bieri name. Perhaps the descendants of the later group would have used a crest before they came to this country.
Eldon Beery, Livonia, MI