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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Paris puis Mets XVIIIe Siècle - (Ex-Libris) D'azur à six besants d'or posés 3 2 et 1 Couronne de comte Supports deux lions Devise CRESCIT EUNDO. English: Azure six bezants or 3, 2, and 1 Crowned with a count’s (i.e. Earl’s) Crown Supporters: two lions.
2) Paris puis Mets - Ex-Libris employé par Nicolas , alors qu'il n'était encore qu'avocat au Parlement de Paris Écartelé aux 1 et 4 d'or à une plante tigée et fleurie au naturel au chef d'azur chargé de trois étoiles d'argent aux 2 et 3 de sable au chevron d'or acc en pointe d'une pomme tigée et feuillée du même Casque avec lambrequins Supports deux aigles Devise NOMEN SIBI FACIT EUNDO. English: Quarterly 1st & 4th or a plant (with roots) stemmed and flowered proper a chief azure charged with three etoiles argent 2nd & 3rd sable a chevron or surrounded by in base an apple stemmed and leaved of the same Crowned with a helmet and mantling (no tincture given) Supporters: two eagles.
3) (de) ou van Meenen - Flandre D'argent au chevron de gueules acc de trois quintefeuilles du même. English: Argent a chevron gules surrounded by three cinquefoiles of the same.

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

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Menin Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Menin blazon is the bezant. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and or.

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.3. 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 4. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.5.

For easy recognition of the items on a coat of arms, and hence the quick identification of the owner, bold simple shapes are best. Hence, simple geometric shapes are often used for this purpose 6xz`, and the bezant Is a typical example of this, and in British Heraldry always takes the tincture or. It shares the same root as the name Byzantium, being associated with the gold coin of that city and indeed, in some heraldic traditions is represented as a coin-like disk in perspective. Wade suggests that the use of this device refers to ” one who had been found worthy of trust and treasure.” 7

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  • 1 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
  • 2 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 4 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
  • 5 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 6 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P146
  • 7 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P122