Heraldry symbols and their meanings  A - B


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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.


Examples of  Heraldry Shield Divisions


   heraldic animals in different attitude / positions                    Heraldic Helmet- collection of traditional helmets  / helm  


Family crest on canvas

Family crest on canvas

Coat of Arms on leather

Coat of Arms on leather


Coat of Arms Logo

Coat of Arms Logo


Novelty  crest

Novelty crests


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. 

Click on image to see examples 

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




Heraldic charges acorn

The character of the acorn is  

independence, strength and  

antiquity represents




Heraldic charges anchor

The anchor is a symbol of salvation,  

 hope and religious steadfastness.






The angel is always in full view, shown with
the wings extended and upright. He is the
bearer of the good news as well as dignity,
honor and glory.


 Ant / Emmet


Heraldic charges ant

Symbol of the ant traditionally meant one 

who the workers a strong, wise and  

foresighted in all his affairs.





Heraldic charges antelope

. The antelope means harmony, peace  

and political wisdom. The antelope  

was occasionally considered 

a symbol the purity and speed used.


Annulet - Ring

Heraldic charges annulet


Symbol for fidelity -  

also representing the fifth son 



Heraldic charges anvil


The anvil - symbol of honor 






Antlers represent strength and fortitude.




Apples symbolize generosity, happiness,
peace and salvation. All kinds of fruit  

were as symbols of God's goodness  


Armored Arm


Heraldic charges armored arm


 Represents a person who served as a  

senior person has or leader possesses.

Naked  Arm


Heraldic charges naked arm


Bare arm represents an industrious people,
someone who believes in hard work 




Heraldic charges arrow


Arrows symbolize martial readiness.
If is represented by a cross, it is
represents a disease as a 

result of the war.


Ass - Donkey 

Heraldic charges ass

Stands for patience and humility  



 Axe  - Hatchet

Heraldic charges axe

Symbol of execution of military duty





Heraldic charges bat

Represents awareness of the powers 

of darkness and chaos.



Beacon -  Lighthouse

Heraldic charges beacon

Somebody who is watchful, who gave

 a signal in time of danger

  Barrel / Tun

Heraldic charges barrel 

It may symbolizes a vendor 

of beer or wine, hospitality


Bay Leaves / Laurel


Heraldic charges bay leaves

In antiquity it was a sign of peace
Seen and stillness.
A symbol of 
victory and glory, especially after one
long, inner struggle.




Heraldic charges bear

He wears the emblem of strength,  

cunning and cruelty in the protection  

of the clan. A bear is also a symbol of

 healing and personal health and bravery.




Heraldic charges bee

The bee is a sign of industry, creativity,  

wealth, diligence and eloquence.

  the Egyptians
used it as a symbol of royal power.



Heraldic charges beaver

Represents industry and perseverance




One who is not afraid of signaling his

approach in war and peace



Heraldic charges beeries

Symbol for liberality, felicity, and peace

Bezant / Gold roundles

Heraldic charges bezant

 Symbol for justice, virtue, wealth and prosperity

Roundels can be in different colors




Heraldic charges bird

Birds of all species (blackbirds, 

thrushes,  red bird) provide peace 

and affection for

  the home and family.




Heraldic charges boar

The boar is the symbol of courage.  

a champion with the wild animals,  

he is a fierce fighter.

Boars head stands for hospitality



Heraldic charges book

The open book signifies manifestation. 

When closed, signifies counsel.

Books are generally a symbol of learning/ knowledge 




Heraldic charges bridge

Governor or magistrate



Buckle / Belt

Heraldic charges buckle


Victorious fidelity in authority



Heraldic charges bull

A bull, also known as an ox,
represents bravery and generosity,  

The horns are the strength and fortitude.  

The calf is a old heraldic tradition with the 

properties of patience, humility and
sacrifice connected.


Family crest on wooden plaque traditional

Family crest on wooden


Family crest on wooden plaque goldwash

Family crest on wooden

plaque with gold leaf wash 

Coat of Arms wooden plate

Family crest on 

wooden plate

Coat of Arms seal

Coat of Arms seal


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


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

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

interpretations between heraldic researchers may vary slightly.

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