There are three family crests, the earliest, granted to John Neame of Woodnesborough County Kent on 26th July 1574, has 3 lion heads with a crest showing an antelope pierced by an arrow.

The second variant, found in a manuscript from the British Museum dating from the 17th Century, shows 4 lion heads but with no record of a crest.

The most recent coat of arms was granted to Frederick Neame of Selling County Kent on 15th April 1885.

This version has the 4 lion heads and also shows a crest with an antelope similar to one used in the grant to John Neame in 1574.

So it was Frederick Neame (1808-1891) in tracing his ancestors back to John Neame to prove his claim to the coat of arms, who was the first person to lay the foundations of the Neame family tree.

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Arms - Quarterly, per fesse raguly erminois and azure, two barrulets between four lions' heads erased, all counterchanged.
Crest - In front of a staff raguly fessewise azure, a demi heraldic antelope arg. armed or, gorged with a gemel, also azure, and pierced through the shoulder with an arrow in bend ppr.

Ne A Meta Oculos Avertam"
"Never Look Back" OR "Do not avert your eyes from the goal"

N.B. The first five letters of the motto spell NEAME

Editor: Martin Neame

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