Blazons & Genealogy Notes
First notation: 1570 W polu czerwonym wydra naturalna, trzymająca rybę srebrną w pysku, stojąca na ostrzewiu naturalnym w pas. Klejnot: nad hełmem w koronie dwie róże czerwone na łodygach zielonych, ulistnionych (po dwa listki na stronę), w wachlarz. Labry błękitne, podbite złotem.
Origin, Meaning, Family History and Wydra Coat of Arms and Family Crest
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Wydra Coat of Arms Meaning
The main device (symbol) in the Wydra blazon is the otter. The main tincture (color) is gules.
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines . Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).
Otters were more common in the middle ages and were a favourite prey for hunting, so we should not be surprised to find them depicted on coats of arms. They appear in quite realistic form and may be collared and shown eating fish.