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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

War cry (zawołanie): Bogoria! First notation: 1321 W polu czerwonym rogacina (stylizowana czasem na żeleźce) srebrne, pod kt"rą takaż rogacina (żeleźce) na opak w słup. Klejnot: paw z rozpostartym ogonem i strzałą złamaną żeleźcem w g"rę w dziobie.

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

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Bogoria Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Bogoria blazon are the pheon and peacock. 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”1. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2. 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).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.

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 6. The pheon is a specific type of arrow head with barbs and darts and hence quite distinctive in appearance. 7 Like the other symbols related to arrows, Wade suggests the symbolism is that of “readiness for military service”. 8

Birds of great variety occur throughout heraldry, at least in name 9. The peacock provides an instantly recognisable species, almost always facing the viewer with the full glory of the tail expanded in a pose known as in his pride. 10 Wade reckons it the “most beautiful and proudest of birds”. 11

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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 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 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Pheon
  • 8 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P111
  • 9 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P233
  • 10 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Peacock
  • 11 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P77