Petz Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Petz Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Petz blazon are the lion and bear. The two main tinctures (colors) are sable and or.

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 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable. 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 2Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 3The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.4Boutell’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 5A 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.6Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.

The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 8Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 9Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 10A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.

The bear is more common in the arms of continental Europe than in British arms (possibly due to the lack of bears native to that country!), although the county of Warwickshire famously includes a bear in its arms. 12A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Bear Wade tells us that the bear is the “emblem of ferocity and the protection of kindred”. 13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P63

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Petz Name

Of all the surnames which acquire from the saints and disciples of the Christian church, ‘Petros’ meaning ‘The Rock’  provided the world with the greatest number of both given names and the later old surnames.  In their different spellings ranging from Peter, Pieter, and Pierre, to patronymics Peterson, Peters, Peres, Perez, Peers, and even the Armenian Bedrosian, to diminutives such as Poschel, Piotrek, Petrenko, and Pietrusska, there are estimated to be over seven hundred spellings.  At least one form appears as a popular surname in every European country. More common variations are: Pietz, Peitz, Puetz, Peetz, Paetz, poetz, Petiz, Petzi, Petza, Peutz.

The surname Petz first found in Bavaria, where the name Betz.was anciently related to the tribal struggles of the area.  The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Ralph Peter, dated 1195, in the Pipe rolls of the county of Hertford. It was during the reign of King Richard 1st, who was known as “Lionheart”, dated 1189-1199.  Surname all over the country became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation.  It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.  Surnames all over the country began to develop with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.

Some of the people with the name Petzwho arrived in the United States in the 17th century included  Johann Petz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753.  Michael Petz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Autriche - (Nob. de Hongrie, 3 juin 1741; barons autrichiens, 8 août 1867) De gueules au lion d'argent lampassé de gueules soutenu d'une terrasse de sinople tenant de sa patte dextre une épée d'argent garnie d'or et de sa senestre une croix latine d'or les bras dextre et senestre et le sommet pattés Casque couronné Cimier le lion issant Lambrequin à dextre d'argent et de gueules à senestre d'or et de gueules Tenants deux matelots habillés de pourpoints d'azur et de pantalons blancs et coiffés de chapeaux à larges bords de sable celui à dextre s'appuyant sur une hache d'abordage celui à senestre embrassant une rame mise en pal. English: Gules a lion argent langued gules upon a mount vert holding in its dexter paw a sword argent hilt and pommell or and in the sinister a latin cross or the dexter and the sinister arms and the top part pattee [curving outwards at the ends, see cross pattee] Crowned with a helmet Crest: the lion issuant Mantling: to the dexter argent and gules to the sinister or and gules Supporters: two sailors dressed in jerkins azure and trousers [pants] white wearing broad brimmed hats sable that to the dexter leaning on an attacking axe [battle axe?] that to the sinister embracing [holding tightly] an oar in pale.
2) Allemagne Parti au 1 de gueules au lion d'argent au 2 d'or à deux chevrons de sable Casque couronné Cimier une tête et col de chien braque d'argent colletée et bouclé d'or entre un vol l'aile dextre coupée d'argent sur gueules l'aile senestre aux armes du 2 Lambrequin à dextre d'argent et de gueules à senestre d'or et de sable. English: Per pale 1st gules a lion argent 2nd or two chevrons sable Crowned with a helmet Crest: the head and shoulders of a pointer [dog] argent collared and buckled or between a pair of wings the wing to the dexter per fess argent over gules the wing to the sinister with the arms of the 2nd Mantling: to the dexter argent and gules to the sinister or and sable.
3) de Lichtenhof - Bavière - (Nob. du St-Empire, 15 déc 1628) D'or à trois têtes d'ours de sable les deux du chef adossées Casque couronné Cimier un vol d'or chaque aile ch d'une tête d'ours de sable celle de l'aile senestre contournée. English: Or three bear’s heads sable the two in chief addorsed [back to back] Crowned with a helmet Crest: a pair of wings or each wing charged with a bear’s head sable that on the sinister wing reversed [facing to the sinister].

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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. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
5. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
6. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
7. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172
8. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63
9. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140
10. A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45
11. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60
12. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Bear
13. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P63