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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

First notation: 1559 W polu czerwonym ostrzew lipy złota, w skos z pięcioma takimiż listkami, dwoma od spodu, trzema od g”ry. Klejnot: dwie gałązki lipy, złote, z prawej z trzema takimiż listkami, z lewej – z dwoma.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Linda Coat of Arms and Family Crest

The surname Linda acquired from the German word “linde” meaning lime tree.  It was a geographic name for someone who resided near a lime tree.  There are also several places named for this word, especially in northern Germany, and as such people may have picked the habitation name as a surname.  There are many Swedish compound names, formed ornamentally from the root “Lind,” they include Lindberg, Lindstrom, Lindbloom and much more. Some of the people with the surname Linda who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Henry Linda, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1842.

Linda Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Linda blazon is the tree. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and or.

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).3A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.4Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 5A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.6Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.

Amongst the natural objects depicted on a coat of arms, trees feature frequently, either in whole or as individual branches and leaves. 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P94, 262, 407. Sometimes the species or the part of tree was chosen as an allusion to the name of the bearer, as in Argent three tree stumps (also known as stocks) sable” for Blackstock 8A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P309 Trees of course had long been venerated and its use in a coat of arms may have represented some association with the god Thor 9The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P112

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References   [ + ]

1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
3. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
4. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
5. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
6. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
7. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P94, 262, 407
8. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P309
9. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P112