Arms of Chieti, Italy

Chieti

Arms of Chieti, Italy

Granted 1807?

Blazon: Or a boar’s head erased proper, in chief a yoke gules, nails argent

The story here is that the boar’s head was a symbol of the local Samnite people, allegedly dating back to 258 BCE when it was stamped on coins. I found two different stories about the yoke. It could represent the eventual subjugation of the Samnites to the Romans, or – quite the contrary – it could be a reference to the “battle” of the Caudine Forks, where the Samnites tricked the Romans and forced them to surrender, humiliating them by making them pass under a yoke as a sign of their defeat.

I have no idea of the accuracy of any of the prior information. On the one hand, it goes back so far that the connection seems improbable; on the other hand, this is Italy, and if there’s anything they’re good at, it’s preserving Roman iconography. I think it’s most probable that the symbolism in these arms dates back to antiquity, but it wasn’t actually used in a heraldic manner, much less the above configuration, until much later.

Former arms of Poltringen, Germany

Poltringen

Granted 1933 – 1971

Blazon: Argent a boar passant sable, armed of the field on a triple mount in base proper, in chief a cinquefoil gules

Both elements of the arms evidently derive from the Counts of Eberstein, an ancient regional family that died out in 1660. The cinquefoil was from their coat of arms (argent a cinquefoil gules seeded azure), and the boar (Eber) is a canting element on their name.

Arms of Inzigkofen, Germany

Inzigkofen

In use since at least 2009

Blazon: Per fess argent a boar’s head erased sable, armed or, langued gules and of the last a stag statant of the third

The name of the town evolved over several centuries from Untzkoven or Ünzkowen to its current spelling. It may be derived from a farm named after someone named “Unzo,” but the ultimate origin is unclear.

Arms of Los Cortijos, Spain

Los Cortijos

In use since 2013

Blazon: Per fess I argent an eagle displayed sable and II per pale i per pale gules a castle triple-towered or windowed azure and argent a lion rampant gules crowned or and ii or two boars passant in pale sable

Los Cortijos split off from its parent municipality, Fuente el Fresno, in 1940. Apparently local tradition holds that the two towns began to separate when two brothers from Fuente el Fresno built their houses far away from each other.

Arms of Fontanarejo, Spain

Fontanarejo

In use since at least 2008

Blazon: Per pale vert two mounts in base argent and of the last a tree of the first surmounted in base by a boar statant sable; pointé in base gules a molet of six points of the second

While the area has probably been occupied since the Iron Age, Fontanarejo did not formally become a town until the mid-fifteenth century.

Arms of Robert le Poer

Poer

From the Dering Roll (c. 1270-1300)

Blazon: Azure three boars’ heads couped or

The Poers or Pohers seem to be closely associated with Ireland. This family may have been the same one that was granted the city and county of Waterford in 1177.

According to some of the research I dug up, the last name “Poer” is apparently derived from “the Poor,” so kudos to whatever medieval ancestors went from being so broke it became part of their name to being wealthy and/or kickass enough for a knighthood and a coat of arms. I know it probably didn’t happen in one generation, but I like to think it did. I like to think of that first Poor coming back from battle, boars’ heads painted on his shield, and daring anyone to call him stone broke. Actually, now that I type it out, “boar” and “poor” sound close enough that these arms might be a pun (assuming that the medieval English pronounced those words the same way we do. Okay, it’s a stretch.)

Arms of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, England

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

Granted 1974

Blazon: Per pale indented argent and gules, on a chief or three torteaux, the center charged with a cinquefoil pierced ermine, the others charged with a mascle of the third

Crest: On a wreath of the colors a dragon gules preying on a boar passant argent

Supporters: On either side a ram reguardant sable, armed or

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Post proelia concordia (After the battle, peace)