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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

W polu czerwonym mąż przebity strzałą w pas, srebrne. Klejnot trzy strusie pióra srebrne, labry czerwone podbite srebrem.

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

Variations:
More common variations are: Poznik, Poznak, Powazniak, Poznyak, Puzniak, Pozniak, Poznick, Pazniak, Bozniak, Poznakh, Poznako.

England:
The surname Pozniak first appeared in Polesie, the largest province of Poland.  It inhabited by Ruthenians, called Polesians, of Ukrainian descent.  The main towns are those of Brest Litovsk, Pinsk, Kobryn, Kamenets, Litovsk, and Luninets.  It was in this county that the renowned Radziwills and Sapiehas held their vast estates.  Wolczyn was the seat of the Czartoryski family.  The surname became noted for its many sections in the region, each house acquiring a status and control which desired by the princes of the region.  In their later history, the name became a power unto themselves and promoted to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

United States of America:
Some of the people with the name Pozniak who arrived in the United States in the 20th century included Franciszka Pozniak who sailed to America in the year 1911.

Pozniak Coat of Arms Meaning

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

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) 1. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2.

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”3. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 4. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.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 regular prescence of the arrow, both singly and in groups is evidence of this. In British heraldry a lone arrow normally points downward, but in the French tradition it points upwards. 7. The presence of an arrow in a coat of arms is reckoned to indicate “martial readiness” by Wade. 8

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References

  • 1 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 3 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 4 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 5 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
  • 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:Arrow
  • 8 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P111