Coat of Arms/ Heraldry Symbols and Meanings


Yellow or Gold: Generosity and elevation of the mind
White or Silver: Peace and sincerity
Red: Warrior or martyr; Military strength and magnanimity
Blue: Truth and loyalty
Green: Hope, joy, and loyalty in love
Black: Constancy or grief
Purple: Royal majesty, sovereignty, and justice
Orange: Worthy ambition
Maroon: Patience in battle, and yet victorious

Symbolic meanings:
 Anchor: Hope
 Angel: Dignity, glory, and honour; missionary; bearer of joyful news
 Ant: Great labour, wisdom, and providence in one's affairs
 Antlers: Strength and fortitude
 Anvil: Honour
 Apple: Felicity and peace
 Arm : Industry
 Arrow: Readiness (for battle); if depicted with a cross, represents an affliction
 Axe: Execution of military duty
 Baton: Authority
 Battle Axe: Execution of military duty
 Bear: Strength, cunning, ferocity in the protection of one's kindred
 Beaver: Industry and perseverance
 Bee: Efficient industry
 Bell: Power to disperse evil spirits; a hawk's bells denotes one not afraid of signalling his approach in peace or war
 Boar: Bravery; fights to the death. Celtic symbol of endurance and courage
 Bones: Mortality
 Book: Open: manifestation; closed: counsel
 Bow: Readiness (for battle)
 Bridge: Governor or magistrate
 Broom: Humility
 Buck: One who will not fight unless provoked; peace and harmony
 Buckle: Victorious fidelity in authority
 Bull: Valour, bravery, generosity
 Bull's Horns: Strength and fortitude
 Butterfly: Soul
 Camel: Docility, patience, and perseverance
 Cannon and Cannon Balls: One who has dared the terror of such a weapon in battle
 Carnation: Admiration
 Castle: Safety. May represent an actual building
 Cat: Liberty, vigilance, forecast, and courage
 Centaur: Eminence in the field of battle
 Chain: Reward for acceptable and weighty service; with crowns and collars, this suggests the bearer bore the chain of obligation or obliged others because of services done
 Cherub: Dignity, glory, and honour; missionary; bearer of joyful news
 Column: Fortitude and constancy; with serpent coiled around it, wisdom with fortitude
 Cornucopia: Bounty of nature
 Crane: Close parental bond; Vigilance if holding a rock
 Crescent: One who has been honoured by the sovereign; hope of greater glory. Mark of the second son.
 Cross: Service in the Crusades
 Crown (Mural): Defender of a fortress, token of civic honour; one who first mounted the breach in the walls of a fortress
 Cup (covered): Office of the king's butler
 Deer: One who will not fight unless provoked; peace and harmony
 Dice: Constancy
 Dolphin: Swiftness, diligence, charity, and love
 Dragon: Valiant defender of treasure; valour and protection
 Drum: Ready for war
 Dove: Loving constancy and peace; with an olive branch in its bill, good tidings
 Duck: Resourcefulness
 Eagle: Nobility, strength, bravery, and alertness; or one who is high-spirited, ingenious, quick-witted, and judicious
 Elephant: Great strength, wit, and ambition
 Sea shell: Traveller to far places or victorious naval commander
 Falcon: One who does not rest until objective achieved
 Feathers: Obedience and serenity
 Fire: Zealousness
 Fish: A true, generous mind; virtuous for himself, not because of his heritage
 Fleur-de-lys: Purity; light; floral badge of France; represents sixth son as mark of cadency
 Flowers: Hope and joy
 Fountain: Water, a spring
 Fox: Defensive wisdom and wit
 Fruit: Felicity and peace
 Sheaf of wheat: The harvest of one's hopes has been secured
 Goat: Political ability
 Goose: Resourcefulness
 Grasshopper: Noble and home-bred
 Greyhound: Courage, vigilance, and loyalty
 Griffin: Valour and death-defying bravery; vigilance
 Hammer: Honour; emblem of trade
 Hand: Pledge of faith, sincerity, and justice; two right hands conjoined represent union and alliance
 Harp: Well-composed person of tempered judgement; contemplation; heraldic symbol of Ireland
 Hawk: One who does not rest until objective achieved
 Heart, Flaming: Intense, burning affection
 Heart: Charity and sincerity
 Hedgehog: Provident provider
 Helmet: wisdom and security in defence
 Horns: Strength and fortitude
 Horse: Readiness for all employment for king and country
 Horseshoe: Good luck and safeguard against evil spirits
 Hourglass: Flight of time; mortality
 Ivy: Strong and lasting friendship
 Keys: Guardianship and dominion
 Ladder: Fearlessness; against a tower, be on guard against spiritual and corporeal enemies
 Lamb: Gentleness and patience under suffering
 Leopard: Valiant and hardy warrior who enterprises hazardous things by force and courage
 Lightning Bolt: Swiftness and power
 Lily: Purity
 Lion: Dauntless courage; often represents a person or group of people
 Mermaid: Eloquence
 Moon: Serene power over mundane actions
 Musical: Pipes Festivity and rejoicing
 Oak: Great age and strength
 Oak with Acorns: Continuous growth and fertility
 Olive: Peace and concordance
 Ostrich: Willing obedience and serenity
 Otter: One who lives life to the fullest
 Ox: Valour and generosity
 Palm: Victory, justice, and royal honour
 Panther: Fierce, but tender and loving to children and will defend children to the death
 Peacock: Beauty, power, and knowledge
 Pears: Felicity and peace
 Pegasus: Poetic genius and inspiration
 Pelican: Self-sacrifice and charitable nature (based on the myth that of times of famine a female pelican will nourish her young by piercing her breast having them feed on her blood)
 Pen: Art of writing and educated employment
 Pine Cone: Life
 Rabbit: Peaceable and retired life
 Rainbow: Good times after bad
 Ram: Authority
 Raven: Divine providence
 Rhinoceros: Ferocious when aroused
 Rock: Safety and protection; refuge
 Rose Red: Grace and beauty
 Rose White: Love and faith
 Saddle: Preparedness for active service
 Salamander: Protection
 Shamrock: Perpetuity; floral device of Ireland
 Ship: Sea voyages
 Skull: Mortality
 Snail: Deliberation and perseverance
 Snake: Wisdom
 Spider: Wisdom, labour, and prudence
 Squirrel: Lover of the woods
 Stork: Filial duty; close parental bond; holding a rock; vigilance
 Sun: Glory and splendour; fountain of life
 Swan: Poetic harmony and learning, or lover thereof
 Sword: Justice and military honour
 Tent: Readiness for battle
 Tiger: Fierceness and valour; resentment dangerous if aroused
 Torch: Zealousness; engaging in signal service
 Tortoise: Invulnerability to attack
 Tree: Trunk New life sprouting from the old
 Trumpet: Ready for war
 Unicorn: Extreme courage; virtue and strength
 Wheel: Fortune
 Wings: Swiftness and protection
 Wolf: Reward from perseverance in long sieges and/or hard industry
 Wreath: Triumph