Canting arms

As canting arms (French always used in the plural poor parlantes ), also speaking crest or coat of arms name is called in heraldry coat of arms such that allude to the name of the owner or either represent him rebusartig.

The allusion is usually in the figure, rare in color.

The Counts of Henneberg led, for example, a hen on a three Mountain, the lords of Aufenstein an up or eagle owl, the counts of Helfenstein an elephant; the lords of Olvenstedt led a camel, which was called in the Middle Ages Olfent. The later official Heraldry proceeded very arbitrary and the laws of Herold Art contradicting the choice of speaking crest. So the coat of arms of the Prussian Minister of State August Friedrich is by ground ( knighted in 1739 ) triple -explanatory, by containing a paw ( Pote ) a bottom and a messenger.

Even local coat of arms may be speaking, about Hamburg (castle on a red background ), Uri ( Ur, an aurochs ), Berne (Bear), but also carry wine ( wine barrel on a stretcher ). So often adorn falcon crest of places named Falkenstein and Falkenberg (now Niemodlin ), the lion of Lion Mountain, an ax of the Lords of Beilstein, a fir coins the Alsatian town of Thann. Also known are the maid of the castle in the arms of Magdeburg or the Stralsund beam.

Also known as Münzmeisterzeichen -talking Arms were used. For example, using Ernst Peter Hecht, 1693-1714 mint master of the mint Leipzig, as Münzmeisterzeichen the letters EPH and in addition the pike from his coat of arms.

Many speaking crest revealed only in the national language her secret:

  • Lyon shows a lion; French lion = lion
  • Tours shows three silver towers; French tour = tower
  • Château Renard shows a castle under a fox; French château = lock, renard = fox
  • Wolfsburg shows a wolf on a castle wall
  • Nine churches in Austria shows nine churches
  • Oxford shows a standing in the river oxen; engl. ox = ox ford = ford
  • L' Aquila shows an eagle; ital aquila = eagle
  • Cambridge shows among other things a boat next to a bridge; engl. bridge = bridge over the River Cam
  • Elmbridge shows an elm tree on a bridge; engl. elm = elm, bridge = bridge
  • Kropelin shows a cripple; actually underlies the Slavic word crepelice ( = place the quail ).
  • Bettendorf (formed from praying village) shows bible and rosary
  • Telgte (after a homestead Telgoth ) shows a stylized oak, telco stands for Oak ( Telgen Potten plant for trees, 16th century).

The initial coat of arms are often to be regarded as speaking. Examples are:

  • Radom in Poland an "R" under a crown
  • Kielce in Poland "CK" for " Civitas Kielce "
  • Graslitz in the Czech Republic with a wappenfüllendem "G ", despite the name change on Kraslice.