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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (van) Hollande French: D'argent à trois trèfles de sinople Cimier un trèfle de sinople. English: Arms: Argent, three trefoils vert. Crest: A green trefoil.
2) Westphalie French: D'or à la bande voûtée d'azur Cimier deux bras armés d'azur tenant chacun une pomme d'or ou deux bras armés celui à dextre d'or tenant une pomme d'azur celui à senestre d'azur tenant une pomme d'or. English: Arms: Or, a bande voutee azure. Crest: Two arms with blue sleeves, each holding a golden apple.

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

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Steveninck Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Steveninck blazon is the trefoil. The two main tinctures (colors) are vert and argent.

The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!

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.

Natural objects abound in heraldry, and one category that gives especial delight are the many flowers and flowering plants that frequently occur 6. The trefoil may originally been a representation of a specific plant (perhaps shamrock) but it has been used as a symbol almost since the beginning of heraldry and over time has adopted a stylised aspect. 7. Guillim believes that it signifies “perpetuity…the just man shall never wither”. 8

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References

  • 1 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 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, P262
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Trefoil
  • 8 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P109