The Maloof Family has an ancient heritage. Our history is multi-faceted, a mosaic rich in reality and lore. The Maloof family coat of arms is representative and symbolic of that mosaic. Below is a description of the elements which constitute our coat of arms. This Coat of Arms is based on the following authorities: 1) Boutell’s Heraldry, 1954; 2) Encyclopedia Britannica, 1954 plus the 11th edition; 3) La Costume Historique, M.A. Racinet, Tome III, 1888; 4) Maloof family records furnished through Fred N. Maloof of Washington, DC.
Arms- Vert, a cross gules, fimbriated and charged in the center with a Byzantine medallion of eight petals or; in the first quarter a crescent argent, in the second quarter a mullet of six points of the third, in the third quarter a falcon on a gloved wrist proper, hood and thongs of the second (hood’s feather of the fourth), in the fourth quarter two swords in saltire of the fourth, hilt and pommel gold encrusted with jewels.
Crest- From a crown encrusted with gems proper, resting on a torse argent and vert, a hand issuing holding a Byzantine Cross proper.
Supporters– On a mound of sand proper, dexter, an Arab stallion rampant reguardant sable; sinister, the lion of Judah rampant reguardant proper.
Colors- Taken from a very old poem by Sayfeddine Al Hilly represented by: Our country is green, Our battles are black, Our deeds are white, Our swords are bloody (red)
Black Field- Represents the dark hours of battle and tragedies that the family had endured throughout its history.
Gold Base- Represents the dominant sands of the Arabian Continent, where the family had its origins and roots.
Cross, Crescent, Star, Crossed Swords, and Crown- All indicate the Maloof descent from kings of Ghassan, first Arab Christian kings, allies of Romans and Greeks.
Red Cross- Represents the blood shedding which our ancestors endured to preserve their Christian faith.
Circle- Represents the eternal unity of the family during times of strife.
Crossed Swords- Represents the means by which the family was forced to defend its honor and position
Crescent Moon and Star- Represents the high degree of accomplishment and fame, which our forefathers of the East were able to achieve as statesmen, historians, poets, prose writers, physicians, lawyers, businessmen, educators and moral
Helmet- Represents knight hood and chivalry, which our predecessors possessed in the courageous defense of their honor.
Crown of Royalty with the Mounted Golden Cross- Represents the position of reign and honor, which our forefathers (the Ghassani kings) were able to keep alive for over six hundred years to promote Christianity.
Lion- Represents the Ghassani Arab tribe of “Bani Al Azad”, from whom we are descendants. The lion symbolizes royalty, courage and might. The lion of Judah represents the Emporer of Abyssinia, the Negusa Nagast (King of Kings, or Emporer) of Ethiopia, direct descent from Solomon and the Queen of Sheeba.
Arabian Stallion- Represents our Arabian origin. It supports a romantic place in history. Arab horses are affectionate, gentle, born without fear of man or beast, and are renowned for their beauty, courage, docility, endurance, gentleness, intelligence, ruggedness, tractability and the like. Rampant and reguardant simply describes the position of the horse and lion.
Chain Mail- Worn by Byzantines of the Mayen Age.
Gerfalcon- Represents the freedom to seek livelyhood and entertainment. The use of gerfalcons and young leopards for hunting small game was widespread in the royal circles of the Ghassanid lords. It indicates the sport of kings. Falconry was known in Arabia at least 600 years before Christ. Sir A.H. Layard says that on a bas-relief (found in the ruins of Khorsabad), there appeared a falconer bearing a hawk on his wrist. From this, it would appear that the sport was known in that region 1700 years before Christ.