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Steenrod, Christopher James

Registration Information:

  • Society of American Armigers Registry No.: AA0138
  • Registration Date: 21 December 2023
  • Armiger: Christopher James Steenrod of Norfolk, Virginia USA
  • Heraldic Artist: Susi Galloway

* The following blazon and/or emblazonment are hereby Certified by the armiger listed, to be his/her original (or inherited/matriculated) Arms.

Category: American Armigers

Arms as interpreted by Susi Galloway
Arms as interpreted by Susi Galloway


Arms:  Party per pale Azure and Argent, a harpy displayed maintaining a battle axe contourne in the dexter claw and an anchor reversed in the sinister claw, all counterchanged.

Crest:  Above the Escutcheon is placed a steel tilted helm with a Mantling Azure doubled Argent, and on a wreath Argent and Azure is set for a Crest, a hare sejant erect Argent.

Motto:  Cave quid dicis, quando et cui.  (Be careful what you say, when and to whom.)

Design Rationale:

The Arms depicted here represent various aspects of the armiger's life:

The shield is composed of four main elements:

  • The first is the pale Azure and Argent, which, to the armiger, represents truth, loyalty, peace, and sincerity; all qualities the armiger holds in high regard. The blue and white also symbolize the blue waters the armiger sailed on during a twenty-two-year United States Naval career, and the color white his beard turned with age.
  • The second is a harpy holding a battle axe in the dexter claw and an anchor in the sinister claw. The harpy represents ferocity under provocation and an adage of the armiger "If a battle is unavoidable, win. Everything is fair."
  • Third is the battle axe in the harpy's dexter claw which represents the execution of military duty. The armiger has honorably completed all tours of duty: USS Ashland, Naval Brig Norfolk, USS Porter, United States Forces Iraq-Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission-Navy, Centre for Surface Combat Systems Unit Dam Neck, USS Abraham Lincoln, Naval Sea Systems Fleet Introduction Team.
  • Finally, the anchor in the harpy's sinister claw represents hope. Hope makes all bad situations better and aligns with the armiger's desire to be positive. Additionally, an anchor is also the symbol of the United States Navy Chief-the rank that the armiger held when he retired from military service.

The crest is an upright seated hare. The Hare symbolizes one who enjoys a peaceful and retired life. This is representative of the armiger in his post-military life. The hare is also a representation of the armiger's achievement as an ultrarunner. The Armiger has completed the following ultramarathons: Singletrack Maniac 50K, North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler, Seashore Nature Trail 50K, Noland Trail 50K, Long Creek 60K, and the JFK 50 Miler. The armiger’s time as an officer of a motorcycle club developed his principles of integrity and secrecy and through these experiences he adopted the motto "Cave quid dicis, quando et cui ,"meaning "Be careful what you say, when and to whom."

Other Registration(s):

  • 19 July 2023, American College of Heraldry-ACH REG# 4673.

  • 16 August 2023, Armorial Register REG# 0667

  • 18 August 2023, International Society of Commoners Heraldry REG# 2023395

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