Coat of Arms

The Taifalos Coat of Arms or Family Crest has been developed based on information that has been recorded in times past and is aligned with current historical and archaeological findings. The Coat of Arms also named "Comites Taifalos" has been used to recall the military Unit which served under the Eastern Byzantine Empire and stationed in the geographical location of Greece in which the Taifalos family has also originated.

The Taifals were a European people group which had relatively close associations with various Germanic and Sarmatian groups. In the late fourth century a significant number of Taifali were settled within the Roman Empire, particularly in Western Gaul and also in the Eastern Byzantine Empire in Phrygia. They subsequently supplied mounted units to the Roman army and continued to be a significant source of cavalry for early Merovingian armies. According to the Notitia Dignitatum of the early fifth century, there was a unit called the Equites Taifali established by Emperor Honorius under the Comes Britanniarum in Britannia. This unit may have been the same unit as the Equites Honoriani seniores mentioned around the same time. Thus, the Equites Honoriani Taifali seniores served in Britain while the Equites Honoriani Taifali iuniores served in Gaul under the magister Equitum. The Taifali iuniores used the dragon and pearl device on their shields. The Equites Taifali seniores had mirrored bears holding the shield boss, as illustrated in the Notitia Dignitatum. The Notitia also lists a unit called the Comites Taifalos in the Eastern Byzantine Empire, which was most probably formed in the reign of Theodosius I. The Comites Taifalos were recorded as being part of the Magister Militum Praesentalis I which was one of the two main field armies normally stationed in Greece in support of Danube frontier.

 

 

Equites Honoriani Taifali Iuniores
Unit Shield Pattern

© 2012 - 2015 shield drawn by F. Aljami and digitally enhanced by J.M. Taifalos

 

The dragon-and-pearl device of the shields of the Equites Honoriani Taifali iuniores unit based in Gaul.
The dragon was blue, as was the "pearl" (the central boss). The band around the boss was red. The field was white

 

Heraldic Coat of Arms

 

Heraldic Family Crest - Coat of Arms created by J.M Taifalos
© 2012 - 2015

 

The Taifalos Coat of Arms has been developed incorporating the two shield patterns which has represented the Taifali peoples during their time serving the Roman Empire. The Dragon and Pearl device used on the shield of the Equites Honoriani Taifali Iuniores and also the Equites Honoriani Taifali seniores which used blue mirrored bears holding the shield boss, as illustrated in the Notitia Dignitatum. The Comites Taifalos a military Unit which served under the Eastern Byzantine Empire and stationed in the geographical location of Greece.