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Heraldry symbols and their meanings  Q - Z

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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




 Symbol for good tidings


Ornate knight shield


Medieval battle 

shields -wood or steel



Gold leaf gilded

 knight shield


Old World 

family crest plaque




One who enjoys a peaceable and retired life


The ram is a symbol of authority 

and leadership





Symbolizes one who is cunning 

and determined.




Is a collector of bright objects is, the raven
   as a symbol of knowledge. He is also

 a symbol divine providence, also

  a durable resistance as well as the

 nature the bringer of death.




Glory and splendor; fountain of life; 

intelligence and enlightenment

Ring or Annulet


Fidelity. Sign of the fifth son




The rose is a symbol of hope and joy,
With red flowers, it is a symbol of grace,
beauty, and sometimes martyrdom. it is
also a sign of the seventh son.



Symbol for safety and protection; refuge



Gold or yellow: -  worthy of trust or treasure

White - generosity

Family crest on wooden



Family crest on wooden

plaque with gold leaf wash 


Family crest on 

wooden plate


Coat of Arms




Scales are traditionally a symbol 

of fairness and justice.



The image of a sickle or a scythe
expressed hope for a fruitful
Harvest of things out.

Shell - Escallop 

Symbolizes protection of providence.

Successful leader or one who 

has made long journeys



Ancient sea voyages


Symbolizes deliberation 

and perseverance



The serpent is a symbol of wisdom and
defiance. In addition, a symbol of fertility
   and renewal. Because of its forked 

tongue, it was also associated with  

lightning and the sun.
snakes represent the knowledge.



Although the spear, the spearhead and  

the broken spear all very similar 

symbols are they each have their 

own symbolic meaning.
   The spear, lance or spear-tipping  

is an emblem the gallant service and  

devotion to the honor and chivalry.  

The broken lance is a symbol of peace.  

The spear tip  symbolizes skill and 

dexterity of a person


Sleeve / Maunch 

A symbol of devotion, victory in tournament




A person who is ready for battle


A symbol of thrift, caution and conception 



He is also a symbol of peace and 

harmony - a person of the policy.


Star / Mullet

The 5-star - Symbolizes divine quality
which is bestowed by

May also third son pose.



Close parental bond


The Swan is the ensign of poets and
musicians. It symbolizes perfection
beauty and grace. It is also light, love,
grace, sincerity and perfection.
For a carrier, it is the swan
poetic harmony and learning.


The sword is the symbol of the military
honor. It is also a symbol of power 

and freedom. .
   The sword (especially with flame) is
also a symbol of purification.





The thistle is an ancient heraldic symbols

  of pain and suffering.




The tower is very much like a castle,  

it is a emblem of grandeur and of society.
It is also a symbol of the defense and a
   individual fortitude.



Tree stump


A tree stump or tree trunk with
sprouting leaves as a symbol of the can
be rebirth and re-growth used.





Ready for war


Symbol for perpetuity, longevity



Antique and symbolizes strength. In Ireland,

 the noblest of oak trees


  U                                                                     V


A symbol of purity and virtue.


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



 Wheat Sheaf- Garb


The wheat sheaf is the meaning of  

abundance and hope





Symbol of a wheelwright or  

carriage maker


Pair of Wings

Symbolizes swiftness and protection.




The wolf means valor and guardianship. wolves  

were considered to be cruel  

and merciless 



Symbol  -  velour and protection

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