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Symbolism of Heraldry A-K

 

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Acorn

Antiquity & strength

Agriculture Tools

Labor on the Earth

Ailetts

Knight or Banneret

Allerion

Wounded in battle

 

Allocamelus

Patient perseverance

Alter

Glory & devotion

Angel

Divinity

Annulet

Loyalty & fidelity

Ant

Industry and work

Antelope

Purity & fleetness

Antlers

Strength & fortitude

 Anvil

Blacksmith

 

Ape

Sin, malice & craftiness

Apples

 

Abundance & plenty

Arches

 

Governor or magistrate

 

 Arm Naked

 

Industrious person

 

 

Arm Armour

Leadership qualities

Arrow

 

Archer or bowman

Ass

 

Patience & humility

Axe

Execution of military duty

 
B

Badger

 

Denotes  tenacity

Baguette

 Fidelity & Loyalty

 

Bagwyn

 

 Fierceness and bravery in defense

 

Banderole

 

 Reward for valiant services

 

Banner

 

 A flag or standard

 

Barnacle

 

Used to restrain a horse

Barrel

 

 Symbol of a Cooper

Bar Shot

 

 Weapon of war

Bat

 

 Winged dragon

 Baton

 

 A token of authority

Bay Leaf

 

 Poet or victor's laurel

Beacon

 Watchfulness

Bear

 Strength & ferocity

Beaver

Industry & perseverance

 Bees

 

 Efficient in industry

Bell Tower

 

 Signal

Bell

 

 Power to disperse spirits

Berries

 

 Liberty & peace

Bezant

 

 Byzantine coin

Billet

 

Brick for building

Bird

 

 Peace & affection

Bishop Mitre

 Authority

Black Moor

 

 Crusades

Boar

 

 Bravery

Boar's Head

 Hospitality

Bomb

 The grenade

Book

 

 Education & counsel

Boot

 Expedition & gain

Bouget

Animal skin 

 Bow Arrow

 

 Archer

Bow

 Readiness for battle

Bracket

 

 Shelf support

Battering Ram

 To bring down walls in battle

Bridge

A Magistrate

 Buck

 

Solitary life & purity

Bucket

 

Bringing water to a besieged place

Buckle

 

 Victorious in battle

Bugle Horn

To rally troops

Bull

 

Magnanimity & brave

 Butterfly

 Free spirit

 
 
 C

Caduceus

 Wisdom & medicine

Caltrap

 To hobble a horse

Camel

Patience & perseverance

Camel leopard

 Unknown

Candlestick

Light & life

 

Cannon

 Weapon of war

Cap of Maintenance

 British peers & Scottish nobles

Castle

 Protection & defense

Cat a mountain lion

Ferocity

Cat

 Liberty & courage

 

Cartwheel

 Cartmaker

Centaur

 Eminence in battle

Chains

 For a weighty service

Chalice

King's butler

 Chameleon

Change

 

Chaplet

 Crown of admiration

Cherub

 Divinity

Chess Rook

 Strategy

Chimera

 

 Difficulties

 Cinquefoil

 

 Hope & joy

 

Clarion

 

 Ready for war

Cloud

 

 Mystery

Clough

 

 Bringer of death

Clover Leaf

Happiness

Cock

 

 Hero in battle

 

Cockatrice

 

 Terror to beholders

 

Cock Fish

 

Sea warrior

 

Column

 

 Fortitude & constancy

 

Comb

 Cleanliness

 

Comet

 Insight & Wisdom

 

 

Cordon

 

 Papal

Cornet

 

 Crown

Cornocopia

 

Abundance & plenty

Coupeaux

 

Strength

 Crab

 

Defense

 

Crane

 

 Watchfulness

 

Crescent

 

 Honored by a sovereign

 

Crocodile

 

 Ferocity

 

Crosier

 

Sheppard watchfulness

 

 Cross

 

 Christian faith

 

 

Cross Bow

 

 Ready for battle

Crown Celestial

 

 Royal authority

Crown Civic

 

 Magistrate

Crown Ducal

 

 Duke

Crown of Thorns

 

Adversity

 

Crow

Strategy in battle

Cushion

 Authority

Cypress

Death & eternal life

Shepard Staff

 

Shepard

 
 

Canton

Performance of eminent service

Carpenter Square

Laws of equity

 

Cerebus

Guardian

 

 
 
 

Chequy

Constancy

Compass

Direction

Cramp

Weapon

 Cygnet

Dignity

 
D
 

Dagger

Ready for battle

Decrescent

 Honored by sovereignty

 

Deer

Solitary life & purity

 

 Dice

 Constancy

 

Dog

 

 Loyalty

Dolphin

 Swiftness & diligence

Donkey

Patience

Dove

Peace

 

Dragon

 Guardian of all knowledge

Drum

 Ready for war

Ducal Cornet

 Duke

 Duck

 Strategy

 
 E

Eagle

 Man of action

Eagle Two Heads

 Under two empires

Elephant

 Great strength

 Elephant trunks

 Magnanimous

 

Enfield

 Protecting fallen chiefs

Ermine spot

 Nobility

Escallop

 Pilgrims badge to the holy lands

Escarbuncle

Supremacy

 

Escutcheon

 Defense

Esquire Helmet

Protection

Estoile

 Noble person

 Eye

Government

 

F

Falcon

Eager in pursuit of objective

Faces

Weapon of war

Fess

 Military belt

Fetterlock

 Victory & handcuffs of prisoner

 

Fife

 Ready for war

Fireball

 Weapon of war

Fish

 Generous mind

Flag

Reward for valiant service

 

Flame

 Zeal or energy

Flunches

 Virtue & learning

Fleam

Unknown

Fleece

 Knightly order of the fleece or gold

 

Flint

 Zealous service

Fleur de Lis

 Faith wisdom & valor

Fly

 Unknown

 Fortuna

Goddess of good fortune

 

Fountain

 Represents water

Fox

Smart & cunning

Fraises

 Strawberries

 Fret

 Persuasion

 

Frog

Unknown

Fusil

 Negotiation

 

G

Galley

 Venture & gain

Gannet

 Virtue & merit

Garb

Harvest of hopes

Gate

 Defense

 Gauntlet

Performance of martial duty

 

Globe

 World travel

Goat

Martial man

Gorged

High dignity

Gouttes

Drops of blood

 Grapes

 Liberty & peace

 

Grasshopper

Wisdom

Grenade

 War

Greyhound

 Loyalty

Griffin

 Valor & bravery

 Gyronny

Unity

 

H

Hammer

 

 Emblem of Smith

Hand

 Pledge of Faith

Hand Conjoined

 Unity

 Harp

 

 Contemplation

 

Harpy

 

 Ferocity under provocation

Hawk

 

 One who achieves their objective

Hawk's Lure

 

 Hunting & falconry

Head

 

Honor

 

Heart

Loyalty

Heart Flames

 

Intense burning affection

Hedgehog

 

 Prudent provider

 Helmet

 Defense

 

Heron

Watchfulness

Hills

 

Stability

Holly Leaves

 

 Truth & foresight

Horn Hunting

 

 Strength & fortitude


 

Horse

 

 Ready for battle

Horseshoe

 

 Smith or farrier

Hour Glass

 Time

 House Mark

 

 Ownership

 

Humette

 

 Element on the shield

Hurt

Coin

Hydra

 

 Defeat of powerful enemy

 

 

I

Imperial Crown

Nobility high service

Inescutcheon

Defense

 Ink Pot

Writing

 

  J

 Jessant

English Lion eating the French Fleur de lis

 

K

Key

Dominion & authority

Bishop's Symbol

 Knight

Military service

& military duty