My cousin Tonya (of Pauline's Cookbook, a blog devoted to our grandmother's cookbook specifically and Slovak food, family history, and culture more generally) is in Eastern Europe doing a little research. Recently she visited Orava Castle* in Slovakia, where she found this Medzihradne family crest. Our great-grandmother's sister married into that family. So the crest is not technically ours. But the image of those baby swans attacking their poor mother (apparently a symbol of sacrifice)... well, it sure does feel somehow familiar some days.
I'm not at all sure what to make of that bodiless head impaled on a sword brandished by a floating arm. But it's giving me a headache.
*Cool fact: Many scenes from the 1922 film Nosferatu, thought to be filmed in Transylvania, were actually filmed at Orava Castle.