List of Polish nobility coats of arms images


List of Polish nobility coats of arms images

Polish heraldry

Polish heraldry is closely related to the Polish nobility, the szlachta, which has its origins in Middle Ages warriors clans that provided military support to the King, Dukes or overlords. Exceptions apart, all Polish families belonging to the same noble clan used/use the same coat of arms. Polish original word Herb makes reference to the clan as well to the coat of arms at the same time. The Polish clan does not mean consanguinity nor territoriality, as do Scottish clan, but to the fact to belong to a same warrior group (or a brotherhood of Knights). For that reason, there are hundreds of different families in the same clan and all of them were/are entitled to use the same coat of arms. Nevertheless, in daily life, (from the 17th to the 20th centuries), the sense of belonging to a family predominated. This is indicated by the organization of most of Polish armorial, which are arranged by specific families and not by Coat of arms. It is known that a sense of belonging and attachement to the Clan crest lineage existed in the old Polish consciousness and had survived from the Middle Ages, but it was probably more ceremonial and symbolic than "everyday". Especially since there were fairly frequent instances, particularly among the poorer nobility in 19th century, of accidentally (and sometimes deliberately) identifying themselves with various Coat of arms to the heraldry offices of the partitioning countries. In this way, members of a single family sometimes formally became members of various Coats of arms. [http://www.szlachta.org/2dziadulewicz.htm] . Also in those times, Magnate families and some middle Landowners families obtained titles (Prince, Count, Baron) and “own” Coats of arms, (variations of their original Herb), from the partitioning monarchies, the French empire, the Pope and other kingdoms. [http://www.geocities.com/polishnobles/] Polish Coat of arms have an own name, becoming usually from it old War cry or it own drawing.

Images of some Polish-Lithuanian Clans coat of arms

Images of some Personal coat of arms

As all rules have exceptions...

ee also

* Coat of arms
* Heraldry
* History of Poland
* List of Polish coats of arms
* Szlachta
* Polish name
* Polish clans

Further reading

* Tadeusz Gajl, "Herby szlacheckie Rzeczypospolitej Obojga Narodow", Gdansk, 2003
* [http://akromer.republika.pl/armorial_pocz.html Polish Coats of Arms listing] (Polish)
* [http://genealog.home.pl/g.pl?kd=4&hz=1 Armorial]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • List of Polish nobility coats of arms — This is a List of Polish Coats of Arms. For more general information on the history of heraldry in Poland and Lithuania see the main project page. compactTOC ListThe Coats of Arms are listed under their most popular name, which is followed by… …   Wikipedia

  • Polish heraldry — The history of Polish heraldry is an integral part of the history of the Szlachta, the Polish nobility. HistoryUnlike the case of Western Europe, in Poland, the szlachta did not emerge from the feudal class of knights under Chivalry, but stemmed… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Belarus-related topics — This is a list of topics related to Belarus. Those interested in the subject can monitor changes to the pages by clicking on Related changes in the sidebar.Belarus* Belarus * Belarusian diplomatic missionsCommunications in Belarus* Communications …   Wikipedia

  • Coat of arms of Poland — Orzeł Biały (White Eagle) Details Armiger The Republic of Poland Adopted 1295; last modified in 1990 …   Wikipedia

  • Prus III coat of arms — Prus III Battle cry: Napora Details Alternative names Nagody Earliest mention …   Wikipedia

  • Coat of arms — redirects here. For the album by Sabaton, see Coat of Arms (album). Shield Field Supporter Supporter …   Wikipedia

  • Europe, history of — Introduction       history of European peoples and cultures from prehistoric times to the present. Europe is a more ambiguous term than most geographic expressions. Its etymology is doubtful, as is the physical extent of the area it designates.… …   Universalium

  • Western architecture — Introduction       history of Western architecture from prehistoric Mediterranean cultures to the present.       The history of Western architecture is marked by a series of new solutions to structural problems. During the period from the… …   Universalium

  • pre-Columbian civilizations — Introduction       the aboriginal American Indian (Mesoamerican Indian) cultures that evolved in Meso America (part of Mexico and Central America) and the Andean region (western South America) prior to Spanish exploration and conquest in the 16th …   Universalium

  • Military history of France — Napoleon and the Grande Armée receive the surrender of Austrian General Mack after the Battle of Ulm in October 1805. The decisive finale of the Ulm Campaign raised the tally of captured Austrian soldiers to 60,000 …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.