In use since at least 1900
Blazon: Argent a town gate and tower gules, counterchanged per pale
The gate and tower represents the town’s early status as a fortified city, dating back to 1167. Some depictions also have a “wild man” as a supporter, referencing an old legend where a tailor and his assistants built a terrifying horned and clawed monster out of straw in order to scare away robbers who had besieged the town.
In use since at least 1973
Blazon: Gules three arrows bendwise, points in chief argent
It sounds like Börstingen had its own noble family from probably the late thirteenth century through around 1413, though it’s not clear whether the lords of Börstingen had their own arms. The village then passed to the lords of Wehingen in 1522, then to Ehingen, and to the Rassler von Gamerschwangs in the late 1600s. The arms that I can find for these families don’t bear much resemblance to the village’s, though it could be worth mentioning that the town of Ehingen bears barry of six gules and argent. The visual similarities could point to a relationship between the two arms, or they could be purely coincidental.
Blazon: Vert on a fess in base argent two torteaux each charged with a cross paté, in chief a turbine or
The wind turbine is a legacy from the American occupation of the area after World War II, when several were built for extracting groundwater. Only one remains today. The crosses represent two former churches in the localities of Mairlambach and Mernbach, and the green field symbolizes the predominance of forests and fields in the region.
In use since at least 1987
Blazon: Per fess gules a lion passant or and of the last an antler fesswise sable
While I don’t have any direct information on the arms, it seems reasonable to assume that the antler in the base half is drawn from the arms of Württemberg, which is the municipality’s state. I’d speculate that the lion is from the arms of the von Ows, who ruled the area around the 13th-15th centuries. The von Ows bore per fess or a lion passant gules and azure, which seems awfully close to the lion in these arms. Of course, it’s possible it’s just a coincidence.
In use since at least 2009
Blazon: Or three pine trees vert surmounted by a fortified church argent roofed gules, in base a river barry wavy argent and azure
I don’t have any definite information on these arms, but presumably the walled church is a representation of the fortified church in the town as of the 18th century. It was completely built of stone, which was somewhat unusual at the time. It’s also possible the water is a canting element; although there are competing theories about where the town’s name comes from, one hypothesis holds it’s derived from “jedlica,” a Slavic word for the river Tannenbach.
Blazon: Per pale, I per fess vert three fleurs-de-lis or and purpre a holm oak cooped of the first; II argent an owl close voided sable
Unfortunately, there’s not much available information on the town itself, never mind on the arms themselves. It does look like holm oaks are native to the area, and form a significant part of the local forest.
Blazon: Or an alder leaf slipped and fructed vert issuant from a base wavy azure charged with a barrulet likewise argent
These are canting arms (albeit slightly removed), as the town’s name was derived from Erlibach, which was derived from Erlenbach, meaning alder-river.
Blazon: Gules between two stone pines eradicated proper a ruined tower or on a mount argent issuant from water in base barry of the last and azure
I have to say something about this artist’s decision to put white borders around the trees. This is a terrible and needlessly complex way to circumvent the law of tincture (which is much less important in a digital format; there are other ways to create contrast!), and it’s not in the original blazon at all.
Blazon: Per bend azure and gules, a hazel branch in bend fructed with five nuts on each side argent
Disappointingly, I don’t have much information on these striking arms. It’s possible the branch may be a canting element – Staude meaning “bush” or “shrub” – but I have to admit I’m reaching there. Regardless, I appreciate the symmetry and simplicity.
In use since at least 1972
Blazon: Argent a heart issuant therefrom three roses slipped and leaved gules, seeded or; in chief a molet of eight points of the last
I wish I had more information on these! The roses contributed to the eventual arms of Starzach when Bierlingen was incorporated into the larger municipality in 1972. The main charge itself strongly suggests a sacred heart to me, but the visual similarity could well be pure coincidence.