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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

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 !

 

   Examples of heraldic animals in different attitude / positions    

 

Heraldic Helmet- collection of traditional helmets  / helm  

 

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Heraldic Tincture, Metals  & Colors

 

METAL

             

 Gold / Or 

Heraldic tincture gold

Understanding, respect, virtue 

and majestic -generosity 

Silver - White / Argent

Heraldic tincture silver

Cleanliness, wisdom, innocence,

 sincerity, peace and joy

 

COLORS

 

Red / Gules 

Heraldic tincture red

Eagerness to 

serve his country.  

Warrior & martyr

Blue / Azure

Heraldic tincture blue

Steadfastness, strength  

truth & loyalty

Black / Sable

Heraldic tincture black

Grief and
resistance, constancy

Green / Vert 

Heraldic tincture green

Freedom, beauty, 

joy, health and hope

loyalty in love

Purple  / Purpure

Heraldic tincture purple

Majesty, justice 

and sovereignty

Maroon / Murray

Heraldic tincture maroon

Victorious - Persevering 

in the battle

Orange 

(Tawny or Tenne)

Heraldic tincture orange

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

 

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 


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

   A 

 Acorn

 

Heraldic charges acorn

The character of the acorn is  

independence, strength and  

antiquity represents

 

Anchor

 

Heraldic charges anchor

The anchor is a symbol of salvation,  

 hope and religious steadfastness.

 

Angel

 

Heraldic charges angel

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.

 

 

Antelope

 

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 

Anvil

 

Heraldic charges anvil

 

The anvil - symbol of honor 

 

Antler

Heraldic charges antler

Antlers represent strength and fortitude.

 

Apple

 

Heraldic charges apple

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 

 

 Arrow

 

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

 

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

   B  

Bat

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.

 

 Bear 

 

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.

 

Bee

 

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.

 

Beaver

Heraldic charges beaver

Represents industry and perseverance

 

Bells 

bells

One who is not afraid of signaling his

approach in war and peace

 

Berries

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

 

 Bird

 

Heraldic charges bird

Birds of all species (blackbirds, 

thrushes,  red bird) provide peace 

and affection for

  the home and family.

 

Boar

 

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

 

Book

Heraldic charges book

The open book signifies manifestation. 

When closed, signifies counsel.

Books are generally a symbol of learning/ knowledge 

 

 

Bridge

Heraldic charges bridge

Governor or magistrate

 

 

Buckle / Belt

Heraldic charges buckle

 

Victorious fidelity in authority

 

Bull

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

plaques

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

  

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