Arteaga Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Arteaga Name
was known as the European Migration, and was sometimes also referred to as The Great Migration. The first person to migrate to the United States of America who bore the surname of Arteaga was one Urtuno de Arteaga, who arrived in the United States in 1810. Closely following him was the Arteaga family, who included Martin de Arteaga, Pascual de Arteaga, and Pedro de Arteaga, who all landed in the United States of America in the year of 1812. In 1813, one Cristobal de Arteaga arrived within the country. It is possible that before the year of 1810, someone who bore the surname of Arteaga attempted to migrate to the United States and passed away en route. The living conditions on the transportation ships were poor, often causing the passengers to arrive with disease and starvation, if they arrived at all.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Arteaga: Mexico 67, 605; Venezuela 31,810; Colombia 29,732; Ecuador 21,249; Peru 21,133; Bolivia 18,975; United States 12,521; Spain 8,798; Chile 5,909; El Salvador 5,254
Martin Arteaga, who served as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the state of Illinois in the year of 2008
Don Carlos de Arteaga, who assumed the title of Conde de Serallo in the year of 1966
Daniel Castellanoa Artegaa, who was a diplomat and writer hailing from the country of Uruguay
Rosalia Arteaga (born in 1956) who served as the Vice President of the country of Ecuador in 1966, and who is a politician from Ecuador
Jose’ Maria Arteaga, who served as the Govenor of the state of Queretaro de Arteaga, and who was a 19th century national hero from Mexico
Arteaga Coat of Arms Meaning
The three main devices (symbols) in the Arteaga blazon are the cauldron, dragon and bend. The three main tinctures (colors) are vert, argent and or .
The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!
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) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.6Boutell’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 7A 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.8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
Although we expect to find fierce creatures and fearsome weapons depicted in a coat of arms this is not always the case – sometimes simple household objects are used 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P281. The ENTRY is a typical example of this. Sometimes these objects were chosen for the familiarity they would have for the obsever, helping them identify the owner, and sometimes they were used because of some association with the owner, or a similarity to the family name. 10Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 100 Conventionally, the cauldron is depicted with feet and a curving handle. 11A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Cauldron
Dragons have a long history in Heraldry and indeed have come to symbolise entire countries. Originally they were perhaps based on garbled descriptions of crocodiles given by returning travellers but soon developed a widely accepted representation. 12A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Griffin Wade suggests that their appearance signifies “a most valiant defender of treasure”, a trait of dragons that we are still familiar with today. 13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P86
The bend is a distinctive part of the shield, frequently occuring and clearly visible from a distance – it is a broad band running from top left to bottom right 14Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 39-40. Indeed, so important is the bend that it was the subject of one of the earliest cases before the English Court of Chivalry; the famous case of 1390, Scrope vs Grosvenor had to decide which family were the rightful owners of Azure, a bend or (A blue shield, with yellow bend). 15A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P22. The bend is held in high honour and may signify “defence or protection” and often borne by those of high military rank 16The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P49.