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W czerwonym polu pomiędzy dwoma złotymi półksiężycami, zwróconymi barkami do siebie, srebrna wieża szachowa, ukoronowana złoto.

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Wysocki Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Wysocki blazon are the pillar and crescent. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and or.

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. 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).3A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154

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 Pillar, according to Wade symbolises “fortitude and constancy”. 7The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P101 Typically the pillar is a plain column with simple cushion capitals but architecture fans will be pleased to know that other orders (doric, ionic etc.) can be specified! 8A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Pillars

For easy recognition of the items on a coat of arms, and hence the quick identification of the owner, bold simple shapes are best. Hence, simple geometric shapes are often used for this purpose 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P146xz`, and the crescent Is a typical example of this, and can appear in any of the main heraldic tinctures. Some common is this device that there are special names for its appearance in various orientations – whilst it lies normally with points upward, the decrescent points to the sinister side, and the increscent to the dexter 10A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Moon. The allusion, obviously is to the shape of the moon in the sky (indeed, the French have a version “figuré” which includes a face!) and has been said to signify both “honour by the sovereign” and “hope of greater glory” 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P106.

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  • Werner Zurek says:

    Wysocki. Wysocki, tall, elevated, high. Root seen in numerous toponyms. WYSOCKI. The surname can be derived from the local name Wysock (former Slonim, Wlodzimierz, and Równia poviats), Wysocki (former Pułtusk and Sianmian poviats), Wysockie (former Drysienkie poviat), Wysocko (former Radom, Jaroslawski, Brodzki, Turczański poviats), Wysocko (former poviat) odolanowski) (see “Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavonic countries, vol. X, pp. 111-121). See also wysoczki = high “podmurkach, pod wysoczkie” (see Dictionary of Polish Buzzers, published by J. Karłowicz, vol. VI, p. 231). This surname is recorded by L.
    Hieronim, podczaszy słonimski, 1658. Marcin, a Słonim peasant, married in 1709 with Barbara Gadzelanka Cyprykowska (File XI). Stanisław and his wife Teresa of Pawłowski received 6 włókas in the Brest economy in 1754 (Akta V.) After Wojciech, who lived in 1764, he remained a son of Antoni, whose son, also Antoni, held nobility in the Kingdom of 1837 (A b. Her.). [From the volume of Supplements, p. 37:] Antoni, married to Klara of Męcińscy, sold in 1790 to the Fedorowiczs Sasina, in the land of Bielsko (Gr. Mieln.). His son Antoni, registered in nobility in the Kingdom of 1837, born on in Warsaw in 1807 (meter in church of Mary Mary), he married in Krakow in 1838. Maryanna Aleksandra Wysocka and from it he left children born in Kielce: Jan Antoni Tomasz 1839, Konrad 1841, Lucyana 1843 and Adela Paulina Antonina 1847 (from Teka I. Poreja). Andrzejewski coat of arms of that coat of arms lived in Żmudz, where David was the owner of Przyjałgów, in the Telszewo poviat of 1634. His son Jerzy, grandson Tomasz, great grandson of Martin and great-great-grandson Józef, who sold them, bought Bukontyszki and Kentrelle in his estate . Józef from three wives: Szupińska, Szrederówna and Giedwiłłówna, left a few sons, of whom only two: Franciszek, the owner of Kentrell, born on from Szupińska and Antoni, born on from Giedwiłłówna, they left their offspring. Franciszek from Opulska had three sons: Włodzimierz, court doctor of the Samogitian bishop in Wornia, died in 1896 in Syrajciach, Franciszek, professor of gymnasium in Ryazan and Engielbert Leopold, owner of Kentrell and Syrajć, married to Malwinka Czerniewska, whose sons: Leopold Piotr artist, painter, Jakób and Seweryn. Antoni, he left four sons: Bonawentura, a doctor of medicine, died in 1874 in Słobodsk, in the Nowy Świat gubernia, Antoni, the owner of Bukontyszek, Edward and priest Stanisław (from Teka M. E. Brensztein). Hieronim Andrzejewski, owner of Sopuniec in 1735, had a son, Kazimierz, and this Józef, whose sons: Kazimierz with his son Valeryanem Jan, Justin Ferdynand with sons: Jerzy Piotr, Antoni and Rufin Saturnin and Józef, proved their noble origin.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
3. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
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. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P101
8. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Pillars
9. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P146
10. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Moon
11. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P106