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Kotwica Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Kotwica blazon is the anchor. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.

The bold red colour on a heraldic shield is known as gules. It has a long history within heraldry, it is known that one of those who besieged the scottish castle of Carlaverock in 1300 was the French knight Euremions de la Brette who had as his arms a simple red shield.1. The word gules is thought to come from the Arabic gule, or “red rose” 2. Later writers associated it with the precious stone ruby and the metal iron 3, perhaps because of the red glow of iron in the heat of the blacksmith’s forge.

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.

A wide variety of inanimate objects 6 appear in coats of arms, so of them still recognisable today, others now rather obscure. The images used are often simplified and stylised, the anchor is a typical case. For any meaning, we need look no further than a nautical or sea-faring heritage. Indeed, some arms go into great detail of the colours and arrangement of the stock, stem, cables and flutes of the anchor reflecting a detailed knowledge of the form and use of this device. 7.

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

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

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Werner Zurek commented on 07-Mar-2018
Kotwica: Kotwica, anchor, or Kottwitz, German name for several polish towns. Kotwica (Polish for "Anchor") is a Polish coat of arms. It was used by several sz lachta (noble) families under the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. ANCHOR. The name Kotwica comes z the same sounding noun, which meant: 1. a tool for holding ships on the water, 2. a fishing rod, 3. a type of hunting device, see the so-called. The Warsaw dictionary of the Polish la Kajetan, son of Jan and Maryanny Koźmińska, born on 1812 (meter in Boguszyce), grandson of Stanisław, the owner of Gzików in the Sieradz region, 1761 (Gr. Sier.), Proved his noble origin in the Kingdom of 1838 (A. b. Her). It may very well be that as a result of unawareness, following Zbacki, they gave Korczak coat of arms when they were actually Kotwiczs, surely Stanisław, selling Gzikow Lipski in 1761, mentioned that he was Stanisław of Radomice's son, from whom he was Daleszyńscy Kotwiczowie nguage, vol. II, p. 506. Jerzy, mayor of Gniezno, proved his noble origin in 1521. He was the son of Jan, h. Kotwica, the heir of Kowalewo, in Wschowa poviat and Małgorzata of Ludzicka h. Grzymała (M. 35 f. 587). Wyszek, Mikołaj and Syfryd Kotwicz, on the courts in Poznań and Kościan, in the years 1393-1397 (Leksz.). Andrzej Kotwicz from Sedlnica, judge Wschowa 1425. Sędziwój Kotficz, son of Mikołaj from Sikorzyn, at the University of Kraków in 1428 (Alb. Stud.). Janusz at the courts in Lviv in 1441 (AGZ. XIV). Mikołaj Kotwicz, or his father, borrowed from Herman Hok, a permanent opponent in Hungary, King Władysław, 140 manes. for the good of Sedlnica and the king of 1444, he ordered Jan Kotwicz from Golinicz, the Wschów staroste, to confiscate this sum and rent arrears, or to occupy the Sedlnica (Pom. W. W. XVI. 1193). Mikołaj, son of Jan Kotwicz from Celnik, 1450, Krzysztof Kotwicz from Sprotawa, 1462 and Paweł, son of Wawrzyniec from Kotwiczy, at the University of Kraków. Krzysztof, a captain, receives his pay in 1472, and Zygmunt was given a two-month safe-guard in April 1493 (Summa Wierzb. I. 801 and II. 182). Henryk Kotwicz, starosta Wschowski 1449. Jan Kotwicz, royal writer 1502 (Teka Paw. I). Floryan, son of the aforementioned Jerzy, mayor of Gniezno and Anna Skwiroszewska, canon of Gniezno in 1546, died in Gniezno in 1567 and buried in the cathedral there (Kor.). Nicholas, surely Jerzy's brother, doctor of canon and civil law, husband of uncommon science, Poznań archdeacon 1493, dean of Łowicz, became canon of Gniezno in 1503. His son, Mikołaj, hereditary mayor of Gniezno 1533 Nicholas Kotwicz, burgrave of Gniezno, died 1541 year (Kalend Lend.). Augustyn Kotwicz, the heir of Gawłowa and Słanka (M., 48 f. 102), the Kalisz army and the crown horse of 1532, he resigned from the wards of 1533, and in 1540 he was also the headmaster of the Crown Court. In 1548 he became a burgrave of Krakow. In the same year, he received Iwkowę, in the Czchowski poviat (M. 76 f. 42). He died in 1549, buried in the church of Corpus Christi in Krakow. From Zofia Jakubowska, he had a daughter Katarzyna, wife of Grzegorz Branicki, hunter of Kraków and starosta Niepołomic, who died and was buried in Niepołomice in 1588 (Starostwo). His second daughter Ewa (M. 77 f. 339 and 355). His son, or successor, had to be Marcin Kotwicz, who wrote in 1570 from Gawłowo (M. 107 f. 564). He was the heir of Kwaszniowice and Krzesławice, in Szczyrzycko, 1581 (Paw.). The successors of Kasper Kotficz have, 1561 at Morsztyn, 700 floras. Łukasz 1585 in Krakow. Adam Kotficz, married to Anna née Kossecic, sued Kosice in 1586, in the border issue (Z. Krak, 53 f. 344). Zygmunt Jurga Kotwicz, heir to Gorczyn in 1566 (Paw.). In 1661, care was taken over Dominik, Anna, Zofia and Maryanna, children of Nicholas Kotwiczy and N. Moszczynska (Sig. 3 f. 194). Jakób, podstoli nurski 1745 r. Mateusz Kotwicz, son of Jan Józef, chamberlain of the Polish court in 1786, he left his daughter to Maria Kowerska and three sons: 1. Jakoba Jan Justyna Ignacy, lawyer of the Vilnius civilian chamber, whose sons: Zygmunt Mateusz Erazm and Ksawery Stanisław Antoni. 2. Leon Onufry, the border judge of Wilno, whose sons: Józef Aurelian Antoni and Jan Onufry Ksawery. 3. Ludwika Ksawery, Alois Stanisław, president of the Vilnius border court, married to Żylińska, heir of Palestine, registered in 1834, prior to the Vilnius Deportation. Jan Kotwicz, son of Ksawery and Izabella from Wołków, the owner of Palestine, in the Vilnius province and Turny, married Wiktory Benisławska in 1895. After divorcing his first wife, he married Marija Mazaraki, the daughter of Eliasz and Mary Horodeńska, and had a daughter, Maria, on the second wife. Sisters of Jan: Mary, for Maryan Zdziechowski of Rakowiec, in the county of Minsk, professor of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Katarzyna, for Aleksander Hatowski, mining engineer, owner of estates in the poviat's poviat and Iza, for Jaroslaw, count. Komorowski, the owner of Skrobiszek, in the Novaleksandrovski poviat.


  • 1 The Siege of Carlaverock, N. Harris, Nichols & Son, London, 1828, P180
  • 2 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 313
  • 3 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 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 Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P281
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:anchor