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Heraldry symbols and their meanings  Q - Z

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 

 

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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 - D      E - H       I - P      Q - Z

   

Q

Quatrefoil

 Symbol for good tidings

   

Ornate knight shield

 

Medieval battle 

shields -wood or steel

 

 

Gold leaf gilded

 knight shield

 

Old World 

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R

 Rabbit

One who enjoys a peaceable and retired life

 Ram

The ram is a symbol of authority 

and leadership

 

 

 Rat

 

Symbolizes one who is cunning 

and determined.

 

 

 Raven

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.

 

Ray

 

Glory and splendor; fountain of life; 

intelligence and enlightenment

Ring or Annulet

 

Fidelity. Sign of the fifth son

 

Rose

 

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.

 

Rock

Symbol for safety and protection; refuge

 

Roundels

Gold or yellow: -  worthy of trust or treasure

White - generosity

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plaques

 

Family crest on wooden

plaque with gold leaf wash 

 

Family crest on 

wooden plate

 

Coat of Arms

 

  S

 Scale

Scales are traditionally a symbol 

of fairness and justice.

Scythe

 

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

 

Ship

Ancient sea voyages

Snail 

Symbolizes deliberation 

and perseverance

 

Snake

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.

 

Spear

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

 

 

Spear-head

A person who is ready for battle

Squirrel 

A symbol of thrift, caution and conception 

 Stag

 

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
god.  

May also third son pose.

 

Stork

Close parental bond

Swan

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.

Sword

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.

  T

Thistle

 

 

The thistle is an ancient heraldic symbols

  of pain and suffering.

 

 

Tower

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.

 

 

 

Trumpet

Ready for war

Trefoil

Symbol for perpetuity, longevity

.

Tree

Antique and symbolizes strength. In Ireland,

 the noblest of oak trees

 

  U                                                                     V

 Unicorn

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

 

  W

 Wheat Sheaf- Garb

 

The wheat sheaf is the meaning of  

abundance and hope

 

Wheel 

 

 

Symbol of a wheelwright or  

carriage maker

.  

Pair of Wings

Symbolizes swiftness and protection.

 

Wolf

 

The wolf means valor and guardianship. wolves  

were considered to be cruel  

and merciless 

 

Wyvern 

Symbol  -  velour and protection

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