Puchala Coat of Arms

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

First notation: XIV Century W polu błękitnym, na srebrnej podkowie półtrzeciakrzyża takiegoż. Klejnot: trzy pióra strusie srebrne (późniejsze wersje dopuszczały złotą podkowę, a nawet złoty krzyż).

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

Origins of Puchala:
The Polish Puchala surname acquired from the word “puch,” which means “down” or “fluff;” or it may derive from the Polish term “puchacz” which literally meaning “an owl.” Spelling variations of this family name contain as Puc, Puchala and much more.

Variations:
More common variations are: Puchalla, Puchaala, Puchal, Pchala, Puchaliya, Buchala, Pichala, Pochala, Puchale, Puchall.

Poland:
The surname Puchala first appeared in Poland, where Puchala produced by members of a sept of the Polish tribe Pobog, as well as by two noble families from the region.

United States of America:
People with the name Puchala moved to America in many centuries like Balint Puchala, who arrived at Ellis Island in 1892.  Peter Puchala of Ungarn, who arrived at Ellis Island in 1892.   Victoria Puchala of Austria who arrived at Ellis Island in 1892.

Puchala Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Puchala blazon is the horseshoe. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and azure.

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) 1Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

Azure is the heraldic colour blue, usually quite a deep, dark shade of the colour (there is a lighter blue that sometimes occurs, known as celestial azure). If colour printing is not available then it can be represented by closely spaced horizontal lines in a scheme known as “hatching” 3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. The word is thought to originate from the Arabic lazura and it represents the colour of the eastern sky. It is also said to be the colour associated by the Catholic Church with the Virgin Mary and hence of particular significance 4The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150.

Although we expect to find fierce creatures and fearsome weapons depicted in a coat of arms this is not always the case – sometimes simple household objects are used 5A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P281. The horseshoe is a typical example of this. Sometimes these objects were chosen for the familiarity they would have for the obsever, helping them identify the owner. 6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 100. In addition, the horseshoe, which is one the earliest symbols found in heraldry 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Horse-shoe can be seen as a “safeguard against evil spirits” and may still be found nailed above doorways today. 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P112

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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. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
4. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150
5. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P281
6. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 100
7. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Horse-shoe
8. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P112