Herondale family
Tarot Rings 9
Status: Extant
Residence: Various
Species: Shadowhunter
Notable members:

Will Herondale
Jace Herondale
Kit Herondale

Insignia: Herons

Carstairs family
Blackthorn family
Starkweather family
Lightwood family


The Clave

The Herondale family is an old Shadowhunter family. They have lived in a variety of places; notably in Wales, Yorkshire, Cornwall, London, Idris, New York, and Los Angeles.


SPOILER WARNING: Plot details follow. Caution is advised!

In 1878, when Will Herondale came into contact with the angel Ithuriel, specifically on his shoulder, his sons and male descendants have all since been born with star-shaped marks on their shoulders as well.[1][2][3]

Meanwhile, in the early 1800s, Will's great-uncle Tobias Herondale had a son with his wife, Eva. When Eva was executed, it was widely believed that their son died with her, but the child was saved by Catarina Loss and raised among mundanes. Because of this, a line of Herondales had been living under the Clave's radar for centuries, before two of them were found by Tessa Gray and Jem Carstairs in Los Angeles in 2012.[4][5]

Known members

Family tree

Unnamed woman
Unnamed father
Unnamed woman
William H.
Tobias H.
Eva B.
Edmund H.
Linette O.
Unnamed son
Ella H.
Will H.
Tessa G.
Cecily H.
Gabriel L.
Jesse B.
Lucie H.
James H.
Cordelia C.
Lydia K.
Owen H.
Imogen W.
Marcus H.
Tobias's line
Stephen H.
Céline M.
Johnny H.
Unnamed woman
Jace H.
Kit H.


CN Herondale ring

The symbol of the family is a bird called the heron. Their ring, in particular, has a pattern of herons in flight.


The name Herondale comes from the words "Heron" and "Dale". "Heron" is a bird and "dale" is another word for valley, esp. a broad one.


  • Most of the Herondale men known so far have a notable hatred of ducks, particularly Will and Jace. This was written after Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan had an encounter with ducks in Hyde Park.[6]


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