Arms of Börstingen, Germany

Borstingen

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.

Arms of Bodelshausen, Germany

Bodelshausen

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.

Arms of Bierlingen, Germany

Bierlingen

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.

Arms of Bieringen, Germany

Bieringen

In use since at least 1972

Blazon: Azure a bend wavy argent between a molet of six points or and a fleur-de-lis in bend of the second slipped and leaved proper

Sadly, I don’t have much information on these arms. Technically, the figure in base is only referred to as a lily, but the depiction here (as well as on the town’s official web page) is remarkable; fleurs-de-lis do not, to my eye, bear much resemblance to actual lilies. Evidently the artist disagrees.

Arms of Baisingen, Germany

Baisingen

In use in 1972

Blazon: Or a lime tree eradicated vert, in base a plowshare azure

Unfortunately, I don’t have any information on these arms, but it doesn’t appear that they took any influence from the various noble families who ruled the land (Validlingen, Wernau, Württemberg, etc.) I’d suspect the arms are a reference to local agriculture, but I don’t have anything to back that up.

Arms of Bad Niedernau, Germany

Bad Niedernau

In use in 1972

Blazon: Sable a chevron on, in base water argent

The chevron is evidently from the arms of the Ehingen family, who built a castle in the region in 1280 (and presumably owned the land – although the Zollerns may have disagreed with that). I assume the water is a canting element, referring to the Bad (“bath”) in the town’s name and also to its mineral springs, long believed to have healing properties.

Arms of Talheim, Germany

Talheim

In use since at least 2010; possibly since 1971

Blazon: Per fess argent a leopard passant azure armed and langued gules, maned of the field and of the second, a plough of the first

I feel pretty safe saying that the leopard* is drawn from the arms of the noble family of Schenk von Stauffenberg, given that the town belonged to a branch of the family (Schenk von Andeck) from probably the late thirteenth century until they sold it to the von Stettens in 1433. Presumably the plough is a nod to the agricultural nature of the region, although I don’t know this for certain.

*Yes, that is in fact a leopard. I had to check the blazon. The hair around its face (I’m calling it a mane because I don’t know what else to say) makes me think it was potentially at one point intended to be a lion, but I’m afraid I don’t know for sure. Whatever it is, it’s going in my personal hall of fame of terrible heraldic art.

Arms of Sulzau, Germany

Sulzau

In use since before 1973, possibly since the late 1800s

Blazon: Argent a vase holding five roses gules, slipped, leaved and seeded proper

I don’t have an exact date for this coat, but it must’ve been in use when it was incorporated in 1973, since Starzach specifically drew the roses in its coat of arms from Sulzau. I’m guessing at the 1800s date based on some documentation of the nearby Sulzau Castle, which at one point was the seat of the lords of Sulzau. Sadly, I can’t find any additional information on possible local nobles, but it is at least possible that they bore the above arms.

Arms of Stockach, Germany

Stockach

Granted between 1824 and 1973

Blazon: Per pale argent a stump eradicated vert and azure a sinister wing displayed of the first

I’m assuming that the sinister half of the arms, at least, are taken from the Melchingen arms; while I can’t find any solid evidence that they ever owned the area, their arms are literally identical to the sinister half of the arms, and they were a prominent local family. I’m not entirely clear on when they were granted; in 1824, Stockach was part of Reutlingen, with no arms cited, but upon the town’s incorporation into Gomaringen, it seems they used the arms featured here.

Arms of Seebronn, Germany

Seebronn

Granted between 1900 and 1972

Blazon: Gules a fountain spouting water and crowned with a dolphin bowed embowed, head in base argent

In 1900, Seebronn was apparently using a rooster in their arms, but by the time 1972 rolled around and the town was incorporated into Rottenburg am Neckar, the fountain was clearly pretty well-established. Unsurprisingly, it does appear to be a representation of an actual fountain in the town center.