Arms of Dorf an der Pram, Austria

Dorf an der Pram

Granted 1978

Blazon: Gules two fish hauriant addorsed argent, in base a triple mount or

The arms are apparently those of the Augendopler family, from a local village. Sigmund Augendopler built the first village church in 1481, and was buried there in 1500, under his arms. I have no idea why they’re fish, though.

Arms of Illmensee, Germany


In use since at least 2009

Blazon: Gules a fish embowed argent and a triple mount in base or

The fish is probably an allusion to the large number of local lakes, and the regions’ economic dependence upon fishing and fish farming dating back to the Middle Ages.

Arms of Vöhrenbach, Germany


Granted 1802

Blazon: Azure on a fess wavy or a trout naiant gules

During the Peasants’ War in 1525, villagers from Vöhrenbach burned down the local castle of Neufürstenberg and killed the local lord. When the counts of Fürstenberg came back into power, they apparently decided to punish the town by changing the municipal arms to show a donkey. In reality, the donkey seems to have been used as a heraldic motif since the 14th century or so; either way, the arms shown above were granted in 1802.

Arms of Breitenbach am Inn, Austria

Breitenbach am Inn

Granted 1963

Blazon: Sable a fess wavy argent, overall a fish embowed counterchanged

The fess represents the river Inn, and the fish represents the historical importance of the fishing industry to the town’s economy.

All right, it’s not the most creative choice of charges out there, but man, I love a good counterchange. And this is a good one. It makes it look like the fish is actually jumping out of the fess wavy that everybody and their vassal uses to represent a river. Plus the black and white means it’s super easy to represent in a variety of media – ink, stone, enamel, all the things you’d want to use to depict your coat of arms. So what if it’s not the most beautiful drawing of a fish I’ve seen in the past half hour? These are some Good Arms.

Arms of Kevelioc and Lucye

Kevelioc and Lucye

Arms of Hugh de Kevelioc, Earl of Chester 1153-1181 (1147-1181) and ‘Beatrix Lucye’

From p43 of Lacies Nobilitie by Sir John Ferne (1586)

Blazon: Per pale baron and femme; the first azure three garbs or, the second gules three lucies hauriant argent

Ferne seems to include Hugh mostly to castigate him for his role in revolting against Henry II in 1173. Once again, Ferne’s information on the wife seems to be inaccurate; Kevelioc married Bertrade de Montfort, who seems to have been a French noblewoman (at least, her grandfather certainly held land in Normandy). However, Ferne clearly believes that Kevelioc married into the Lucy family, regardless of the fact that Kevelioc’s granddaughter Margaret de Quincy’s later married into the same family.