Blazons & Genealogy Notes
War Cry (zawołanie): Aksak! First notation: a Polish coat of arms of Tatar origin. XIV Cent. W polu czerwonym dwa tr”jkąty w słup złączone wierzchołkami, srebrne, między kt”rymi takaż strzała w prawo. Klejnot: Trzy pi”ra strusie.
Origin, Meaning, Family History and Aksak Coat of Arms and Family Crest
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Aksak Coat of Arms Meaning
The main device (symbol) in the Aksak blazon is the arrow. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines . 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).
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) . In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper .
Given the martial nature of the origins of Heraldry, in the identification of knights and men-at-arms it can come as no surprise that mediaeval weaponry of all types are frequently to be found in a coat of arms . The regular prescence of the arrow, both singly and in groups is evidence of this. In British heraldry a lone arrow normally points downward, but in the French tradition it points upwards. . The presence of an arrow in a coat of arms is reckoned to indicate “martial readiness” by Wade.