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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

W polu czarnym mogiła srebrna z zaćwieczonymi krzyżami kawalerskimi złotymi w pas po bokach. Klejnot: Trzy pióra strusie. Labry: Czarne, podbite srebrem.

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

More common variations are: Andreuszkiewicz, Andruszkewicz, Andryszkiewicz, Andraszkiewicz. The surname Andruszkiewicz first appeared in West Prussia and Pomerelia, where the name emerged in old times as one of the notable families in the western region.  From the 13th century onwards the surname recognised with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the advancement of the nation. Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were like Martin Andrzejczak, who settled in Pennsylvania in the year 1892.  Thomas Andrysiak, who arrived in New York, NY in the year 1873.  Walenty Andrzejak, who settled in New York, NY in the year 1912.

Andruszkiewicz Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Andruszkiewicz blazon is the grave. The two main tinctures (colors) are sable and argent.

Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 1. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 2. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 3.

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) 4. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5.

Grapes do not often appear on their own, at least in English arms, but are to be found still on the stem as part of the vine. 6, often of a different colour to the vine plant. Its symbology is likely simply to reflect the profession of the holder, or be a play on words with the family name. 7

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  • 1 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
  • 2 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 3 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
  • 4 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 5 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 6 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vine
  • 7 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P264