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Heraldry symbols and their meanings I - P

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Heraldry symbols

In this section of our website we would like to give you some additional information relating to the symbols

 of coat of arms, a  variety of icons, colors and heraldic animals. We have selected some of the most common  

coat of arms symbols, from time to time we update our list. In addition to the graphics, we have added  

some detailed descriptions. Of course there are many more heraldic symbols as shown here.  

There are many imaginative variations and combinations

  in every crest design that identifies the particular carrier /owner of a family crest.

 

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Please note that the following listed symbol descriptions and meanings have  been compiled from

  a variety of heraldic sources. Besides these symbols being globally used, the opinions and 

interpretations between heraldic researchers may vary slightly.

 

   Examples of heraldic animals in different attitude / positions             Heraldic Tincture, Metals  & Colors - Dividing Lines

 

Examples of  Heraldry Shield Divisions

 

 

Heraldic Helmet- collection of traditional helmets  / helm

 

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Heraldic symbols in alphabetical ranking


In addition to the following symbols, we have collected a few examples of each for your reference as to 

how the heraldic symbols can be used for a family crest / Coat of Arms design. 

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HERALDIC  CHARGES       A - B     C- D     E - H       I - P      Q - Z

 

 

Ivy Leaves

Strong and lasting friendship

Inkhorn or Inkwell

Art of writing and educated employment

 

 

 K 

 

 Key

The key is a symbol of knowledge,
guardianship and dominion. two key
      cross is the symbol of St. Peter, the
the key to the gates of heaven
.

 

 

Knight

A knight on horseback, represents a
warriors. Can also be the way of the  

people represent through life.

 

 

Ornate knight shield

 

Medieval battle 

shields -wood or steel

 

 

Gold leaf gilded

 knight shield

 

Old World 

family crest plaque

 

 L

 Lamb 

 

A symbol of faith, innocence, gentleness, 

purity and resolute spirit.

Label

Representing the first son

 

Lance

The perfection of martial affairs; emblem of knightly 

service; devotion to honor

 

Leg - Triskelion

Strength, stability, and expedition

 

 

Lightning Bolt

Symbol for swiftness and power

 

Lion

 

The lion has always enjoyed a high place

 in the heraldry as the emblem of undying courage,  

and hence that of a valiant warrior.

 

Lozenge

Symbol of honesty, constancy, noble birth

 

Lyre

Contemplation; tempered judgment

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plaques

 

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wooden plate

 

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  M

Mermaid

A symbols of eloquence. The mermaid is 

generally represented with the traditional 

mirror and comb in her hands.

Moor

The bog is a person of the crusades in the
   fought with great bravery - or "took
the head "of many enemies.

 

Mountain and Rocks

Hills provide security, shelter 

and protection

 

 

Moon

Serene power over mundane actions

 

Moor cock

Association with the law or the legal profession

Mullet - Star

Divine quality from above and mark of third son

     N

 Nails

 

Passion - pins symbolize remembrance  

and sorrow

 

 

 

 

  O

Oak Tree / Leaves

Great age and strength

Ostrich plumes

Willing obedience and serenity

 

Orle

Circle of something; preservation or protection

 

 Otter

 

One who lives life to the fullest

 

 Owl

 

The owl symbolizes vigilance
and repartee.

 

Ox

Somebody who is vigilant and of acute wit

Coat of Arms on hand crafted tiles

Coat of Arms on hand crafted tiles

family crest wooden box

Double crest -wedding crest  - wooden box

 

Coat of Arms on Christmas ornaments

Double crest on glass ornament

 

  P

 Parrot

The parrot or a bugbear, as it is called in heraldry

 can mean excellent service in 

a tropical country

Palm Tree

 symbolizes righteousness  

and resurrection

 

 Peacock 

The peacock is a symbol of immortality.  

He also represent  

beauty, power and knowledge.

 Phoenix

Symbol of resurrection

 

Pelican

Symbolizes the duties of a parent or parental love

 

Pheasant

Person of many resources

Pillar

Fortitude and constancy; with serpent coiled 

around it, wisdom with fortitude

Pine

Death and eternal life thereafter

Plow

Laboring in the earth and depending upon providence

 

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