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

 

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

 

Heraldic Tincture, Metals  & Colors

 

METAL

             

 Gold / Or  - Yellow

Understanding, respect, virtue 

and majestic -generosity 

Silver / Argent - White

 

Cleanliness, wisdom, innocence,

 sincerity, peace and joy

 

COLORS

 

 

Red / Gules 

Eagerness to 

serve his country.  

Warrior & martyr

 

Blue / Azure

Steadfastness, strength  

truth & loyalty

 

Black / Sable

Grief and
resistance, constancy

 

 

Green / Vert 

Freedom, beauty, 

joy, health and hope

loyalty in love

 

Purple  / Purpure

Majesty, justice 

and sovereignty

 

 

Maroon / Murray

Victorious - Persevering 

in the battle

Orange 

(Tawny or Tenne)

Worthy ambition

 

 

Examples of heraldic shield divisions

more examples of  Heraldry Shield Divisions

 

heraldic shield divisions

Defense or protection

heraldic shield divisions 2

Protection

heraldic shield divisions 3

Rule and authority

heraldic shield divisions 4

Faith and protection

heraldic shield divisions 5

Military strips or
Belt of Valor

heraldic shield divisions 6

Military strength or bravery.

heraldic shield divisions 7

            Stands for military strength

        or fortitude.

heraldic shield divisions 8

Honor - reward for performance 

of eminent service

heraldic shield divisions 9

Protection 


Dividing lines

Dividing lines

represents
Earth & Country

Dividing lines 2

Represents

the sea or water 

Represents

clouds and air

 

Dividing lines 3

Represents fire, or
the walls of a fortress
or city

 

Dividing lines 4

Represents the radiation
the sun. symbolizes
also fame and glory

 

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

 

Please note that listed symbols, 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.

We update our page regularly with heraldic symbols !

knight shield four pointed long

Ornate knight shield

medieval knight shield wood

Medieval battle 

shields -wood or steel

Family crest gold leaf

 

Gold leaf gilded

 knight shield

Family crest old world

Old World 

family crest plaque

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