Thanks to those who have joined to date. I wanted to explain a bit about the logo. The official coat of arms of the Joyce Family is a two headed red eagle on a white background with a sash of ermine. I have no idea whether I am descended from any Joyce who has the right to display that so I thought I would design a derivative with a bit of Joyce Family symbology, thus we still have the two headed red eagle and on the shield in the centre a Celtic Cross. Now we know the Joyce’s are an Irish family, predominantly (and more on that in a later post) and so the cross is s symbol of that Irish connection.
Surrounding that cross is a Claddagh Ring. There are a few legends surrounding the ring but the one most often quoted is that it was designed by Richard Joyce, a native of the small fishing village of Claddagh in County Galway who was captured by Moor pirates and sold into slavery to a goldsmith who trained him in the art. When William the third ascended to the throne he demanded that the Moors release all British prisoners. Richard’s master was so impressed by the young man that he offered him the hand of his daughter in marriage and half of his business. But his heart lay in Ireland so he returned home started his own Goldsmithing business and designed the Claddagh RIng.
We have a rich family history and I hope that we can all share some of our own family stories and the legends of the Tribe as the group develops