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Denhoff Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Denhoff blazon is the boar. 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.

In the middle ages, the wild boar, a far more fearsome creature than its domesticated relative, the pig was a much more commonly seen animal than today. It was also known as a sanglier. 6 It can appear in many of the same poses that we see for the lion, but has its own (easily imagined!) position known as enraged! 7 We should not be surprised then that this “fierce combatant” is said to be associated with the warrior. 8

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

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

First notation: 1553 W srebrnym polu łeb dzika wyrwany czarny. W klejnocie dzik czarny wspięty w prawo, przeszyty dwiema wł”czniami na skos, a ich groty ku g”rze zwr”cone.

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References

  • 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 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 72
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Boar
  • 8 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P67