Welcome to Ancestral Name

Ancestral Name is the most successful supplier of surname history and heraldic related gift products. Based at our sister company’s HQ, The Knights Vault, in Edinburgh, we have our online presence as well as shops in York, and Inverness. We are also extremely proud of our partnership with Historic Scotland where we trade at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles.

The business fully offsets its carbon emissions through tree planting, and we are assisting in the regeneration of the Ancient Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands. As well as the planet, we look after our staff too as accredited Living Wage employers.

We pride ourselves in providing high-quality surname related products, coupled with great customer service as evidenced by our Trustpilot ratings. Have a look at our amazing product range – we are sure you will be delighted.


The perfect personal gift for the person who has everything – these highly detailed and meticulously researched surname histories trace the origin of a family’s name, showing you the country it came from and the first registered Coat of Arms used by that family.


We have over 1 million histories to offer!


Our Spanish and French name histories can be produced in that language.

High Quality

Printed on high quality A3 sized parchments

Well Researched

Highly detailed and meticulously researched



The surname history includes fascinating facts and intriguing details about the chosen surname. Find out the…


The Knights Vault, 102 West Bow Edinburgh EH11 2HH

Ancestral Name, York, 13 Church Street  YO 8BE

Ancestral Name, Inverness, Victorian Market Arcade IV63 1PJ

Visit The Knights Vault

The Knights Vault is Scotland’s leading licensed sword seller, providing beautiful handmade and replica swords in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. Specialising in Game of Thrones Swords from Oathkeeper to Longclaw and Lord of The Rings replica swords, from Narsil Aragorn’s Sword to The Sword of Elendil.  Antique blades and the finest Scottish Medieval weapons and helmets, our products include surname history prints and make the perfect gift. We also hold the only UK license to reproduce replica Outlander swords.

As Scotland’s leading sword and armour heritage brand, we take pride in our excellent customer service. If you can’t find what you are looking for we can obtain it for you, even if it has to be made from scratch. If you are interested in swords and helmets for sale, either for your own collection or as a historical gift, take a look around the website or contact us to see how we can help.